Australian Battery Recycling Initiative
ABRI's vision is simple: effective stewardship of all end of life batteries


The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) has been formed by a group of battery manufacturers, recyclers, retailers, government bodies and environment groups to promote the collection, recycling and safe disposal of all batteries.


ABRI’s role includes research, advocacy, education and stakeholder engagement to promote safe and environmentally responsible recycling of all batteries at end of life….More >

Latest News

Ministers agree to continue negotiations on battery stewardship

At their meeting on 15 July Environment Ministers agreed to continue negotiations with industry on a voluntary stewardship program, but to refine the focus to hazardous and rechargeable battery types. In their statement Ministers noted the work being undertaken on pilot collection initiatives, including those for power tool batteries and emergency lighting batteries.

ABRI will continue to advocate for an ‘all battery’ recycling program because this would offer the most convenient and environmentally-responsible solution for consumers. Prior to the meeting ABRI urged Ministers to allow no more than a 6 month period in which to reach agreement on a voluntary program. If negotiations are unsuccessful within this time work should commence on the development of regulations under the Product Stewardship Act. ABRI’s media release provides further detail.

Posted on: July 17th, 2015

Recycling essential to recover metals from Li-ion batteries

According to a report in Greentech Media, lithium-ion battery production could be constrained in future by available supplies of cobalt, manganese, nickel and lithium. While there is no physical scarcity at this stage, there are supply chain risks that could affect their availability and price. Half the current reserves of cobalt, for example, come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is an uncertain legal framework, corruption and a lack of transparency.

Tesla expects to source an increasing amount of the material for their batteries from on-site recycling at their Gigafactory. The lithium content is very small by weight. The cells are mainly composed of nickel and aluminium and to a less extent, cobalt.

Posted on: July 14th, 2015

WA extends Household Hazardous Waste program for 1 year

The Western Australian Waste Authority has extended its Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) program for another year, until mid 2016, while it undertakes a review. In 2015-16 the program, which includes free drop-off facilities for the community, collected over 650,000kg of HHW. The largest amounts of collected material were paint, gas bottles and batteries.

Posted on: July 14th, 2015

ABRI urges Environment Ministers to support battery stewardship

The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) has called on Environment Minister Greg Hunt and all state and territory Ministers to More…

Posted on: July 12th, 2015

Batteries stay on Ministers’ priority list

The Minister for Environment Greg Hunt has approved only two priority products under the Product Stewardship Act for 2015-16. These More…

Posted on: July 3rd, 2015

Power tool battery recycling pilot

ABRI has received funding support from the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage (DEHP) to run a recycling trial for More…

Posted on: June 23rd, 2015

Innovative battery start-up at Melbourne University

Relectrify is a Melbourne-based startup company commercialising stationary battery systems based on old battery cells from laptops, hybrid or electric More…

Posted on: June 18th, 2015

Changes to the TV and computer recycling scheme

Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt has announced changes to the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. These include: – More…

Posted on: June 13th, 2015

Australian Energy Storage conference and exhibition

At the recent Australian Energy Storage conference ABRI presented a panel on ‘Meeting the recycling challenge’. Speakers included John Wood More…

Posted on: June 11th, 2015

Export permit applications

Beverich Holdings International Pty Ltd, trading as Reverse E-waste has received approval to export up to 1000 tonnes of waste More…

Posted on: June 11th, 2015