Rochester Hub, located in New York

Hey Rochester,
we’re Li-Cycle .

We’re contributing to the growth and overall improvement of your community, while ensuring a healthier planet through our innovative technology.

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Creating

220
local jobs

plus up to 600 construction jobs

Up to

95%

of non-renewable battery materials recovered

Investing

$485M

based on scope

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Rochester Hub Construction Milestone

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JUST THE FACTS

The things you need to know.

We are currently constructing a commercial Hub in the Town of Greece, near the City of Rochester, in Monroe County, New York. The Hub’s function will be to recover non-renewable battery metals from black mass concentrate (known simply as “black mass” in the industry).

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About the project.

The Rochester Hub will support our two-step process, which produces non-renewable earth metals 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 apply a zero liquid discharge rule, where any liquid streams leaving the process are collected and treated right on-site. Our process provides a sustainable pathway for critical materials and contributes to the circular economy. 

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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. 

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The Hub process

Extracting battery-grade products

Li-Cycle’s Hub will accept black mass concentrate from our Spoke operations across North America, as well as from other black mass suppliers, to and recover and refine the critical materials via a water-based process.

Cobalt Sulphate

Lithium Carbonate

Nickel Sulfate

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Timeline

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.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here are some common questions.

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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

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer Visits Li-Cycle Rochester Hub

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer Visits Li-Cycle Rochester Hub

Press Releases, Rochester, Rochester Hub

September 23, 2022

Senator Schumer commends Li-Cycle for its contributions toward building a sustainable domestic battery materials supply chain in the United States Li-Cycle’s Rochester Hub is expected to be a significant new…

Metso Outotec to supply solvent extraction technology to Li-Cycle

Metso Outotec to supply solvent extraction technology to Li-Cycle

In the News, Rochester Hub

December 20, 2021

The manganese, cobalt and nickel solvent extraction technology will be used at Li-Cycle’s battery recycling plant in Rochester, New York. December 17, 2021 Original article published in Recycling Today Metso…

Li-Cycle to expand US battery recycling ‘Hub’ by 40% and provide LG with nickel for the next decade

Li-Cycle to expand US battery recycling ‘Hub’ by 40% and provide LG with nickel for the next decade

In the News, Rochester Hub

December 15, 2021

December 14, 2021 Original article published in Electrek To meet increasing market demand, lithium-ion battery resource recovery specialists Li-Cycle has announced plans to increase the processing capacity of an upcoming…

Li-Cycle boosts capacity for New York EV battery recycling plant

Li-Cycle boosts capacity for New York EV battery recycling plant

In the News, Rochester Hub

December 14, 2021

December 14, 2021 Original article published in Reuters Dec 14 (Reuters) – Li-Cycle Holdings Corp (LICY.N) said on Tuesday it will expand the capacity of a lithium-ion battery recycling facility it is…

Greater Rochester, NY Delivers Real Power for Energy Innovators

Greater Rochester, NY Delivers Real Power for Energy Innovators

In the News, Rochester Hub

August 16, 2021

August 10, 2021 Original article published in Business Facilities “Sustainability is profitability.” This was the message to corporate site selectors and economic developers at a recent national conference. The race…

Li-Cycle sees Rochester EV battery hub as ‘start of something big’

Li-Cycle sees Rochester EV battery hub as ‘start of something big’

In the News, Rochester, Rochester Hub

March 19, 2021

Original interview published in FastmarketsMD March 19, 2021 – Archie Hunter Battery recycling start-up Li-Cycle sees the commercial production achieved at its Rochester, New York, plant as the start of…

Li-Cycle Closes Series C Round of New Financing to Fund the Development of Commercial Hub in Rochester, NY and Drive International Expansion

Li-Cycle Closes Series C Round of New Financing to Fund the Development of Commercial Hub in Rochester, NY and Drive International Expansion

In the News, Rochester Hub

November 19, 2020

Original article published in Waste Advantage November 19, 2020 Li-Cycle Corp. (Li-Cycle), North America’s largest lithium-ion battery recycling company, announced it has closed a Series C equity funding round to…

Li-Cycle’s new lithium-ion battery recycling hub to drive international expansion

Li-Cycle’s new lithium-ion battery recycling hub to drive international expansion

In the News, Rochester Hub

November 18, 2020

Original article published in Recycling Product News Li-Cycle, North America’s largest lithium-ion battery recycling company, has closed a Series C equity funding round to fund the development of its Rochester, New York Commercial Hub and…

Li-Cycle to build battery recycling hub in upstate New York

Li-Cycle to build battery recycling hub in upstate New York

In the News, Rochester Hub

September 28, 2020

Original article was published in ChargedEV Magazine September 28, 2020 – Tom Lombrado Battery recycling specialist Li-Cycle will invest over $175 million dollars in a lithium-ion battery recycling “Hub” at Eastman Business…

Governor Cuomo Announces Canadian Firm Li-Cycle to Build $175 Million Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Hub in Monroe County

Governor Cuomo Announces Canadian Firm Li-Cycle to Build $175 Million Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Hub in Monroe County

In the News, Rochester Hub

September 14, 2020

Original article published in New York State September 14, 2020 – Albany, NY The Sustainable Technology Company Will Further Grow its U.S. Operations at Eastman Business Park; Commits to Creating…