Used batteries must be packed and transported in accordance with hazardous waste regulations and the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG Code). ABRI recently published new guidelines to assist anyone involved in the collection and transport of used batteries to comply with regulations and to meet industry best practice standards.
The Packaging standard for used lead acid batteries was originally published in 2010. There is anecdotal evidence that since that time this voluntary standard has significantly improved compliance by ensuring that most batteries are properly stacked and wrapped for transport. It was recently updated to clarify some of the requirements and to provide examples of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ packaging.
The Packaging guidelines for used handheld batteries were developed in 2013 to improve compliance with the ADG Code. This document explains the exemption from certain aspects of the ADG Code that ABRI successfully applied for in 2012. The exemption applies to lithium batteries (<500g) being transported along with non-lithium batteries, from the first collection point to the intermediate processing centre for recycling or disposal. The guidelines were developed in consultation with Workcover NSW.