ABRI's Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct has been adopted by members of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) to promote the responsible management of used batteries at end of life. Compliance with the Code is a condition of membership.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) Guidelines for Developing Effective Industry Codes of Conduct have been considered in the development of this Code.
The Code Administrator is:
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Battery Recycling Initiative
REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL MEMBERS
Support for ABRI
Members are expected to:
• work for the good of ABRI and actively support and promote its purposes as set out in the Rules;
• provide leadership for all sectors of the battery recycling industry to foster high ethical standards;
• act to enhance the profile of the ABRI and the resource recovery sector;
• act with honesty and integrity;
• foster openness and transparency in the decision making of the Association;
• act with courtesy and respect to fellow members, CEO, stakeholders and the resource recovery industry; and
• use their best endeavours to attend and contribute to as many meetings as possible.
Commitment to Product Stewardship
Members acknowledge their shared responsibility for the recovery of used batteries at end of life. Depending on their role and individual circumstances this may include:
• promoting the recyclability of used batteries to resellers and customers
• taking back used batteries from customers for recycling
• safe and environmentally responsible collection of used batteries for recycling
• supporting existing systems for the collection and recycling of used batteries
• working in other ways to promote or enhance existing systems for battery recycling.
Chain of Custody
ABRI members will only provide used batteries to appropriately licensed and legally compliant recyclers. A factsheet on choosing the right recycler can be downloaded here.
REQUIREMENTS FOR BATTERY COLLECTORS AND RECYCLERS
Collectors and recyclers must comply with all relevant legal requirements, including but not limited to:
• hazardous waste regulations in each state and territory relating to the storage and transport of used batteries;
• the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code and associated regulations for transport of used batteries in each state and territory;
• the Australian Hazardous Waste Act, which regulates the export of used batteries for recycling; and
• Workplace Health and Safety regulations.
Health and Safety
Collectors and recyclers must take all reasonable steps to protect the health and safety for workers and the general public. Some batteries are classified as hazardous due to the presence of heavy metals and/or corrosive electrolytes. Others are hazardous due to the potential for fire or explosions.
Collectors and recyclers are encouraged to seek third party accreditation of their policies and practices. Accreditation is used to indicate compliance with best practice standards including:
• AS/NZS 14001 series, Environment management system;
• ISO 9001:2008 Quality management system; and
• AS/NZS 5377: 2013, Collection, storage, transport and treatment of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment.
All members via their continuing membership of the Association will be deemed to have given an undertaking to abide by this Code of Conduct.
COMPLAINTS AND DISPUTE PROCEDURES
Any person may refer a complaint against a signatory to this Code to the Code Administrator. The complaint shall be in writing and shall be addressed to the Code Administrator.
The Code Administrator will seek resolution of any complaint. If the complaint is not resolved in a manner acceptable to the Complainant, the Code Administrator shall:
• refer the complaint to the Executive Committee of ABRI with a summary of the nature of the complaint and, where appropriate, general reasons for that outcome.
• inform the Complainant that the matter has been referred to the Executive Committee and advise generally of the procedure that will follow in accordance with the rules of the Association.
All complaints will be reported by the Code Administrator to the Executive Committee and be available to all signatories on request.
MONITORING, REVIEW AND AMENDMENTS
The Code may be amended by ABRI at a general meeting. Any interested party may refer comments and proposals for amendment to this code to the Code Administrator.