ABRI’s application for an exemption from certain packaging requirements for waste batteries under the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code has been approved. This applies to batteries classified as:
– UN 3028 – alkaline, carbon zinc, nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries
– UN 3090 – lithium metal batteries
– UN 3480 – lithium ion batteries.
The exemption applies to the transport of waste batteries from the first collection point to the intermediate processing centre for the purposes of disposal or recycling. It brings Australia into alignment with the European Agreement Concerning the Internatinal Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road, which has special provisions for waste batteries.
The exemption can be downloaded here. ABRI is in the process of developing packaging guidelines for its members to explain the exemption and packaging options for handheld batteries in more detail. These should be available by mid-December.