Separating and recycling the individual components of lithium batteries first requires the batteries to be crushed and broken down in a shredder. The inert and cryogenic properties of gases inhibit the extreme flammability of lithium during the recycling process.
Burning lithium sample on a stainless steel mesh. The base metal reacts with atmospheric oxygen at a very high temperature (exothermic reaction). The reaction also generates a lot of fumes.
Messer has already elaborated concepts in this regard and offers tailor-made solutions for breaking down lithium batteries in the proper way.