Greater Rochester Area, NY

Rochester Hub



local jobs

plus up to 600 construction jobs

Up to


overall recycling efficiency rate

Up to


reduction in CO2 emissions compared with traditional mining and refining (per tonne of battery material) through our process

Rochester Hub May 2023

Rochester Hub – May 2023 Update


The things you need to know.

The Rochester Hub is expected to be the first-of-its-kind commercial hydrometallurgical battery resource recovery facility in North America. Battery-grade materials will be recovered at the Hub and reintroduced into the supply chain.

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About the project.

The Rochester Hub will support our two-step process, which produces battery-grade materials like cobalt sulfate, lithium carbonate, and nickel sulfate from black mass.

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Managing our environmental footprint.

Our proprietary technology has been developed to minimize air emissions and wastewater. Li-Cycle’s sustainable process contributes to the circular economy, is designed to have a small environmental footprint, and produces significantly less GHG emissions compared with mining and refining.

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Commitment to safety.

The safety of the public, our employees, and all stakeholders in the Rochester area are our top priorities. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art safety and security systems to ensure that everyone working at and around the facility is protected.

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Working within the community.

At Li-Cycle, we believe that success is driven by communication and collaboration. We are committed to open and ongoing engagement with our neighbors and the community, ensuring that no question or concern goes unheard. 


The Hub process

Extracting battery-grade products

Li-Cycle’s Hub will have the processing capacity of up to 35,000 tonnes of black mass/year equivalent to approximately
225,000 EVs/year, making Li-Cycle the leading domestic U.S. supplier of recycled critical battery materials

Lithium Carbonate

Lithium Carbonate



7,500 – 8,500 tonnes/year

Cobalt Sulphate

cobalt sulphate

6,500 – 7,500 tonnes/ year




Nickel Sulfate

nickel sulphate

42,000 – 48,000 tonnes/year

Manganese Carbonate

Manganese Carbonate

4,000 – 6,000 tonnes/year


What to expect, when.

Environmental permitting — 2020 – 2021
Construction — late 2021 onwards
Comissioning in phases — commencing in calendar 2023

We have been granted all necessary approvals and begun construction of the Hub.

Check back to this page for more project updates are we progress construction.


Here are some common questions.

Why is the project needed?

Lithium-ion batteries are increasingly powering our world in automotive, industrial, utility, residential energy storage, and consumer electronics. Since 2010, the demand for lithium-ion batteries has grown by more than 500%. The world and environment need technology like ours to recycle these batteries and to ensure a sustainable future for our planet.

What is in a lithium-ion battery and where might I find it in my day-to-day life?

A lithium-ion battery is a type of rechargeable battery that employs lithium ions for its power. Lithium-ion batteries are literally everywhere in your everyday life — cell phones, laptops, power tools, scooters, e-bikes, transit buses, passenger vehicles and many more common devices.

How will the Town of Greece and the Greater Rochester Area benefit from the Project?

The project will create approximately 220 new permanent jobs, ranging from entry level to senior management and we plan to recruit from the local workforce. Additionally, another approximately 600 jobs will be created for the project’s construction. We also expect an increased tax revenue for the benefit of surrounding communities, and that the project will support hundreds of indirect jobs.

What will project operations look like?

While the Hub will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we do not anticipate substantial noise, odor, or light impacts. We will have controls in place to help mitigate these impacts from our operations.

In the News: Rochester, NY

Li-Cycle’s Special Event – Rochester Hub Announcement Livestream

Li-Cycle’s Special Event – Rochester Hub Announcement Livestream

Blogs & Podcasts, Rochester Hub

February 28, 2023

February 28, 2023

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Li-Cycle Receives Conditional Commitment for $375 Million Loan from the U.S. Department of Energy ATVM Program

Li-Cycle Receives Conditional Commitment for $375 Million Loan from the U.S. Department of Energy ATVM Program

Press Releases, Rochester Hub

February 27, 2023

Supports Li-Cycle’s Rochester Hub, which is expected to be the first source of recycled battery-grade lithium in North America First support from DOE ATVM Program for a resource recovery facility…

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Li-Cycle to Host Event to Announce Significant News Related to its Rochester Hub on Monday, February 27, 2023

Li-Cycle to Host Event to Announce Significant News Related to its Rochester Hub on Monday, February 27, 2023

Press Releases, Rochester Hub

February 21, 2023

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Congressman Joseph Morelle and state officials to attend Original press release deployed via Business Wire TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. (“Li-Cycle”or the “Company”) (NYSE: LICY),…

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