What is 'bioleaching' and how could it make EV batteries more sustainable?

An employee works on the production line of electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer Octillion in Hefei, Anhui province, China

waste 2.5 million tonnes of electronics filled with precious metals are piling up in landfills and in some of the world’s poorest regions. Image: REUTERS/Aly Song

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Professor of Bio-innovation and Enterprise, Coventry University
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E-waste could reach 74.7 million tons by 2030 if levels aren't reduced. Image: Statista

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