Press Releases, Kingston

October 6, 2023

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland Visits Li-Cycle’s Battery Recycling Facility in Ontario

Canada's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland (left), Li-Cycle co-founder and CEO Ajay Kochhar (middle), and Member of Parliament Mark Gerretsen (right) tour Li-Cycle's lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Kingston, Ontario.

Group photo of Li-Cycle team members wearing safety gear inside industrial building with Li-Cycle President and CEO, co-founder, Ajay Kochhar and Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland at the center of group photo.

Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland and Member of Parliament Mark Gerretsen meet with Li-Cycle employees including Li-Cycle co-founder and CEO Ajay Kochhar and CFO Debbie Simpson at Li-Cycle’s lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Kingston, Ontario

Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, and Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, Mark Gerretsen, tour facility to see Li-Cycle’s patented Spoke recycling technology in action

TORONTO, Ontario (October 6, 2023)Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. (NYSE: LICY) (“Li-Cycle” or the “Company”), a leading global lithium-ion battery resource recovery company, was pleased to host Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, yesterday at the Company’s lithium-ion battery recycling facility located in Kingston, Ontario.

During the visit, the leaders were joined by Li-Cycle’s co-founder and CEO Ajay Kochhar, and CFO Debbie Simpson, to tour the facility. They also discussed the Company’s patented Spoke & Hub recycling technologies and the important role sustainable recycling plays in creating a circular battery supply chain.

“Building Canada’s clean economy is about creating great careers for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Companies like Li-Cycle are playing an essential role in supporting stronger and more sustainable supply chains—and they are a source of great jobs at the same time,” said the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. “It was great to be here in Kingston to learn more about the important work they do, as our government continues working hard to build a thriving clean economy right across the country.”

“We are honoured to have hosted Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and MP Mark Gerretsen at our Ontario Spoke facility to showcase our safe, sustainable, and efficient lithium-ion battery recycling technology,” said Ajay Kochhar, co-founder and CEO of Li-Cycle. “We were pleased to show how Li-Cycle’s innovative technologies can support local, closed-loop battery supply chains in Canada and the United States by recovering critical battery-grade materials. We believe sustainable recycling solutions will be pivotal in the global movement towards electrification and decarbonatization.”

Li-Cycle’s Ontario Spoke safely recycles battery materials through a proprietary submerged shredding process to produce ‘black mass,’ an intermediate product which contains highly valuable metals, including lithium, nickel, and cobalt. Li-Cycle’s growing Spoke and Hub network will enhance the supply of critical battery materials to help to expedite the transition to a clean energy future.

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About Li-Cycle Holdings Corp.

Li-Cycle (NYSE: LICY) is a leading global lithium-ion battery resource recovery company and North America’s largest pure-play lithium-ion battery recycler, with a rapidly growing presence across Europe. Established in 2016, and with major customers and partners around the world, Li-Cycle is on a mission to recover critical battery-grade materials to create a domestic closed-loop battery supply chain for a clean energy future. The Company leverages its innovative, sustainable, and patent-protected Spoke & Hub Technologies™ to provide a safe, scalable, customer-centric solution to recycle all different types of lithium-ion batteries. At our Spokes, or pre-processing facilities, we recycle battery manufacturing scrap and end-of-life batteries to produce black mass, a powder-like substance which contains a number of valuable metals, including lithium, nickel, and cobalt. At our Hubs, or post-processing facilities, we will process black mass to produce critical battery-grade materials, including lithium carbonate, nickel sulphate, and cobalt sulphate. For more information, visit


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Certain statements contained in this press release may be considered “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21 of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements may generally be identified by the use of words such as “believe”, “may”, “will”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “should”, “would”, “could”, “plan”, “potential”, “future”, “target” or other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. Forward-looking statements in this press release include but are not limited to statements about: Li-Cycle’s ability to support local, closed-loop battery supply chains in Canada and the United States by recovering critical battery grade-materials; the expectation that sustainable recycling solutions will be pivotal in the global movement towards electrification and decarbonatization; and Li-Cycle’s ability to provide a safe, scalable, customer-centric solution to recycle all different types of lithium-ion batteries.  These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this communication, including but not limited to assumptions regarding the timing, scope and cost of Li-Cycle’s projects; the processing capacity and production of Li-Cycle’s facilities; Li-Cycle’s ability to source feedstock and manage supply chain risk; Li-Cycle’s ability to increase recycling capacity and efficiency; Li-Cycle’s ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms; Li-Cycle’s ability to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers and other business partners; general economic conditions; currency exchange and interest rates; compensation costs; and inflation. There can be no assurance that such estimates or assumptions will prove to be correct and, as a result, actual results or events may differ materially from expectations expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of assisting readers in understanding certain key elements of Li-Cycle’s current objectives, goals, targets, strategic priorities, expectations and plans, and in obtaining a better understanding of Li-Cycle’s business and anticipated operating environment. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes and is not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on, by any investor as a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability.

Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the control of Li-Cycle, and are not guarantees of future performance. Li-Cycle believes that these risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: Li-Cycle’s inability to economically and efficiently source, recover and recycle lithium-ion batteries and lithium-ion battery manufacturing scrap, as well as third party black mass, and to meet the market demand for an environmentally sound, closed-loop solution for manufacturing waste and end-of-life lithium-ion batteries; Li-Cycle’s inability to successfully implement its global growth strategy, on a timely basis or at all; Li-Cycle’s inability to manage future global growth effectively; Li-Cycle’s inability to develop the Rochester Hub, and other future projects including its Spoke network expansion projects in a timely manner or on budget or that those projects will not meet expectations with respect to their productivity or the specifications of their end products; Li-Cycle’s failure to materially increase recycling capacity and efficiency; Li-Cycle may engage in strategic transactions, including acquisitions, that could disrupt its business, cause dilution to its shareholders, reduce its financial resources, result in incurrence of debt, or prove not to be successful; one or more of Li-Cycle’s current or future facilities becoming inoperative, capacity constrained or if its operations are disrupted; additional funds required to meet Li-Cycle’s capital requirements in the future not being available to Li-Cycle on acceptable terms or at all when it needs them; Li-Cycle expects to continue to incur significant expenses and may not achieve or sustain profitability; problems with the handling of lithium-ion battery cells that result in less usage of lithium-ion batteries or affect Li-Cycle’s operations; Li-Cycle’s inability to maintain and increase feedstock supply commitments as well as securing new customers and off-take agreements; a decline in the adoption rate of EVs, or a decline in the support by governments for “green” energy technologies; decreases in benchmark prices for the metals contained in Li-Cycle’s products; changes in the volume or composition of feedstock materials processed at Li-Cycle’s facilities; the development of an alternative chemical make-up of lithium-ion batteries or battery alternatives; Li-Cycle’s revenues for the Rochester Hub are derived significantly from a single customer; Li-Cycle’s insurance may not cover all liabilities and damages; Li-Cycle’s heavy reliance on the experience and expertise of its management; Li-Cycle’s reliance on third-party consultants for its regulatory compliance; Li-Cycle’s inability to complete its recycling processes as quickly as customers may require; Li-Cycle’s inability to compete successfully; increases in income tax rates, changes in income tax laws or disagreements with tax authorities; significant variance in Li-Cycle’s operating and financial results from period to period due to fluctuations in its operating costs and other factors; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates which could result in declines in reported sales and net earnings; unfavorable economic conditions, such as consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic; natural disasters, unusually adverse weather, epidemic or pandemic outbreaks, cyber incidents, boycotts and geo-political events; failure to protect or enforce Li-Cycle’s intellectual property; Li-Cycle may be subject to intellectual property rights claims by third parties; Li-Cycle’s failure to effectively remediate the material weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting that it has identified or if it fails to develop and maintain a proper and effective internal control over financial reporting. These and other risks and uncertainties related to Li-Cycle’s business are described in greater detail in the section entitled “Risk Factors” and “Key Factors Affecting Li-Cycle’s Performance” in its Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Ontario Securities Commission in Canada. Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.

Li-Cycle assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable laws. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Li-Cycle’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

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