Getting rid of old batteries can be a hassle. But for recycling startup Ascend Elements, other people’s garbage is basically a gold mine, if not better. The Massachusetts, US, company, opened a recycling plant in Covington, Georgia, in late March that it says is the largest electric-vehicle battery recycling facility in North America. It can process 30,000 metric tons of input each year, breaking down old batteries and prepping the most valuable inside to be processed and turned into new batteries. The capacity equates to breaking down the battery packs from 70,000 electric vehicles annually. Investment in EV battery recycling facilities has soared in the last few years due to spiking demand for battery materials.

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