While Brussels pontificates on how batteries should be recycled, the real Belgian masters of recycling— Umicore, get on with the work of extracting value from scrap. The Editor visited the company's smelting and recycling facilities in Hoboken, Belgium.
It's an old company with a long history in getting wealth out of the ground. But today Umicore's mining operations tend to be urban— from the vast wealth of scrap that comes from electronic waste, old mobile phones and of course, batteries.
While it's good to talk "product stewardship" and environmental protection, the plain . . .