Membership in the Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC) is by invitation, and is open to any company that manufactures, sells, is a major user of, or is involved in the responsible reuse, recycling and management of energy storage or batteries used in the transportation, industrial or stationary sectors. The Board of Directors of the RBC considers and votes on new members who bring unique visions and play different roles in the life-cycle of energy storage devices. Interested parties may contact the Executive Director of the coalition.
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Q&A with Bobby Farris, General Manager, TerraCycle
What inspired your company to join the coalition?
TerraCycle’s oft-stated goal is to “eliminate the idea of waste.” This dovetails nicely with RBC’s mission to advance the responsible production, transport, sale, use, reuse, recycling, and resource recovery of transportation, industrial and stationary batteries and other energy storage devices. In today’s climate, there is a long overdue focus on the worldwide need to reduce and better manage wastes of all types, with particular emphasis on plastics. However, the proliferation of energy storage devices in the form of lithium-ion batteries will soon make battery recycling a key driver in the consumer and industrial waste industries. By working with the RBC partners, we hope TerraCycle will be able to play a transformative role in the battery recycling market as it has done in other waste markets.
Describe your company’s current efforts toward responsible lifecycle management of batteries (regardless of technology).
TerraCycle, through its TerraCycle Regulated Waste division, currently offers bulk collection and UPS mail return options for alkaline and rechargeable batteries of all types. These service offerings appeal to both the commercial and consumer markets. TerraCycle offers collection, logistics and processing support for universal waste items, including batteries on a worldwide basis.
How do you hope to contribute to RBC’s mission?
Initially, TerraCycle hopes to be able to leverage its unique communications channels to help the RBC spread the message regarding responsible lifecycle management of batteries. We expect to be able to complement this with reverse logistics support that will help the RBC ensure that batteries are properly collected and transported to recycling facilities for proper reuse and/or disposal.
Twenty years from now, what would be your ideal scenario for battery manufacturing and recycling?
Our ideal scenario would be a product lifecycle model that generates zero waste. Ideally, every product would be usable and reusable either in its initial form or in a repurposed manner that insures no need for product disposal and negative impact on the environment. While this would seem to be a lofty goal, the rapid technological advancements in energy storage devices have made the “impossible” of 20 years ago merely commonplace today. I’m optimistic that we can count on similar advances in the future.