Clean tech company Li-Cycle expands into Kingston, boosts economic growth


North America’s leading recycler of lithium-ion batteries is expanding into Eastern Ontario with a new facility in Kingston. 

Li-Cycle’s new Centre of Excellence will be established in the Kingston Business Park. The city has fast-tracked the development planned for the business park to accommodate Li-Cycle’s growth. 

Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle’s technologies are designed to recover 95 per cent of all materials in lithium-ion batteries sustainably. Kingston is home to Li-Cycle’s first commercial Spoke, which is capable of processing 5,000 tonnes of battery material annually.

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Kingston has played a “critical role in Li-Cycle’s success to date,” said Tim Johnston, Li-Cycle’s co-founder and executive chairman, in a news release. “It’s where we developed our technologies and opened our first commercial facility. We look forward to our ongoing collaboration with the city as we continue to scale our truly sustainable technologies in dedication to a circular economy.”

Donna Gillespie, CEO of Kingston Economic Development, said she expects the Centre of Excellence to attract new cleantech companies to the region and the city.

“Li-Cycle is a global leader in clean technology and the Kingston Centre of Excellence speaks to the opportunity and talent available in the region,” said Shelley Hirstwood, director of business development. “This new opportunity shows the impact of working together as Team Kingston alongside our city colleagues.”

Kingston mayor Bryan Paterson said he is “thrilled” with the news: “This innovative company, with their emphasis on environmental sustainability, is exactly the kind of business we want to see grow in Kingston.” 

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