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Battery recycling seminar – Melbourne, 19 November 2013

Posted on: October 31st, 2013

ABRI is hosting a seminar on ‘Battery recycling – current markets and future opportunities’ at the Australian Waste and Recycling Expo (AWRE) in November.

The seminar will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 19 November, from 3.00 – 4.30pm. A full program and registration details are available here.

The aim of the seminar is to provide an update on current markets and future opportunities for battery recycling in Australia and Europe. Speakers will discuss the different technologies and some of the issues and challenges involved in recycling. This is also an opportunity for local councils, recyclers and anyone with an interest in waste management to learn about the implications of the Product Stewardship Act for batteries and other products listed by the Australian Government as priorities for 2013-14.

Speakers will include:
– Helen Lewis, CEO, Australian Battery Recycling Initiative
– Corinne Faure-Rochu, Director Business Development, Recupyl (France)
– Todd Vains, CEO, Enirgi Metals Group
– Will LeMessurier, Director, MRI Pty Ltd
– Darryl Moore, Entech Environmental Services.

Speakers
Helen Lewis has been Chief Executive of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) since early 2010. She is also an environmental consultant with a focus on product stewardship and packaging sustainability. Her previous roles have included Environment Manager at the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association, Program Manager at EcoRecycle Victoria and Director of the Centre for Design at RMIT. She is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University.

Corrinne Faure-Rochu is Director Business Development at RECUPYL (battery recycling company), a position she has held for 3 years. Prior to joining Recupyl she was Executive Deputy General Manager for SNAM, a world leading company in rechargeable battery recycling, for 10 years. Corinne also worked as a consultant in management & transboundary movements of waste in a worldwide environment. Corinne graduated from Oxford (UK) and Lyon (France) in foreign civilizations and languages in English, German and Spanish.

Todd Vains is Chief Executive Officer of Enirgi Metals Group. Enirgi Metals Group is an integrated lead metal business comprising Renewed Metal Technologies (RMT), Australian Refined Alloys (ARA) and Orbitas Resource Recovery (Orbitas). RMT and ARA are both operators of lead battery recycling plants in Australia, and Orbitas is the main supplier of used batteries to the recycling plants.

Will LeMessurier is Chief Executive Officer and majority shareholder of MRI (Aust) Pty Ltd. MRI provides environmental management and recycling services to companies in the IT, telecommunications and power distribution industries. MRI is the largest non-lead acid battery recycler in Australia and one of the largest e-waste recyclers. Other services include asset management at end of life and reverse logistics.

Darryl Moore is General Manager and principal consultant at Entech Environmental Services. Entech is a specialist consultant in environmental chemistry and problematic waste management, with a focus on secondary resource reuse and management. Darryl was formerly Principal of Evermoore Environmental Services and also National Technical Manager for Brambles Cleanaway. Darryl helped to set up Cleanaway’s battery collection program and worked with AusZinc on their pilot recycling program for alkaline batteries until 2012.