Li-Cycle Corp., Mississauga, Ontario, has announced that its Mississauga office and Kingston, Ontario, recycling facilities have received certification for four industry standards: International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001 quality standard, ISO 14001 environmental standard, ISO 45001 employee health and safety standard and the R2 (Responsible Recycling) electronics recycling standard. Li-Cycle provides a solution to end-of-life lithium-ion battery recycling.
“Undergoing these rigorous audits was critical to our effort in providing the best possible service to our customers and employees alike,” says Li-Cycle Executive Chairman and Co-Founder Tim Johnston. “These certifications are a major milestone for our team and affirm our commitment to managing quality, the environment, health and safety and sustainability.”
According to a news release from Li-Cycle on these certifications, the ISO 9001 standard is based on quality management principles including a strong customer focus and a commitment to continual improvement. The company says the ISO 14001 standard provides assurance to all stakeholders that environmental impacts are consistently being measured and improved. The ISO 45001 standard enables organizations to provide safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill-health. Finally, the R2 standard demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability and socially responsible recycling practices for electronics.
Li-Cycle says its spoke and hub technologies minimize the overall environmental footprint of the end-to-end resource recovery process. The company says it is one of the largest lithium-ion battery recyclers in North America, with 10,000 metric tons per year of spoke capacity. In December 2020, the company’s Spoke 2 facility at Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York, became fully operational. In the fall of 2020, the company also closed on a Series C equity funding round to fund the development of its Rochester Commercial Hub and to drive expansion into international markets.