Project: Flows and Fates of Batteries in Mobile Computing Devices

Laptops and mobile devices were identified in our “Switched on to Value” as products whose life could be extended, particularly in relation to the flows and fates of batteries. 

What can my organisation do?

By modelling the flow of batteries in these devices, and drawing out the differences between ‘integrated’ and ‘user-removable’ battery designs, WRAP developed a flow model to predict arisings of batteries at end of use, gather industry data and indicators to inform the flow model.

Using this information, retailers and brand managers can make data-based decisions about the products they choose to purchase and sell; IT asset managers can identify which products are best for reparability, re-use and recycling; and manufacturers and designers can adopt best practice in product design and build.

Current information

The flow model that was developed relied on information and data provided by a small number of industry stakeholders in the battery recycling/compliance and IT asset management sectors. Due to these limitations, the model was not able to investigate the real difference integrated batteries make (versus user removable batteries) to either reuse or recycling.  

To find the summary of our current work on Flows and Fates, you can read our full report on Flow Modelling of Batteries from Mobile Computing Devices, or jump to specific content here: 

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