Sustainability Victoria’s handheld battery recycling program was launched yesterday at the new Bunnings store in Mentone.
There are now 34 retail recycling sites located across Melbourne. Since beginning as a trial in 2007, Batteryback has collected and recycled over 8,000 kg of domestic batteries, equivalent to over 421,000 AA batteries.
Sustainability Victoria’s (SV) CEO Stan Krpan noted that BatteryBack is a great example of government and industry working in partnership to provide safe disposal solutions for waste. He thanked their retail partners, especially those who have been participants in the program since day one: Bunnings, Coles, Michael’s Cameras and Officeworks. Mr Krpan also welcomed two new retail partners – Hearlink and Queens Parade Hardware.
The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) is a partner in the BatteryBack program. CEO Helen Lewis congratulated the Victorian Government through SV, for its proactive support for handheld battery recycling. She noted that ABRI’s long term objective is a national collection and recycling program for batteries. This must be convenient for consumers, financially sustainable and undertaken using best practices for environmental management and workplace health and safety. The knowledge that industry will gain through the expanded BatteryBack program will help to inform this process.
Read the media release.