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

Research thesis on lithium battery recycling

Anna Boyden from the Australian National University recently completed an undergraduate thesis entitled The environmental impacts of recycling portable lithium-ion batteries. The research involved a life cycle assessment (LCA) of the different technologies used to process used lithium ion batteries, each of which has advantages and disadvantages. The LCA suggested that the most beneficial processes from an environmental perspective are those that utilise low temperatures and are capable of recovering plastic and lithium in addition to metals such as copper, aluminium and nickel.

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015

International Congress for Battery Recycling

The 20th International Congress for Battery Recycling will be held in Montreux, Switzerland, from 23-25 September 2015. Topics will include:
– an update on battery legislation in the EU and worldwide
– country reports on battery take back, collection and recycling
– recovery of spent batteries from waste electrical and electronic equipment
– safety issues for lithium batteries
– fast developing markets for electric vehicles and energy storage
– best available technologies for battery recycling.

The conference will include plant tours to leading battery and electronics recycling companies. The first announcement can be downloaded here.

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015

Export permit for Hydromet

The Department of Environment has granted an export permit under the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989 to Hydromet Corporation Pty Ltd. The permit, dated 10 January 2015, allows Hydromet to export up to 1,500 tonnes of lead scrap and waste derived from used lead acid batteries to Hwachang Co Ltd in the Republic of Korea for recycling.

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015

Reuse of old car batteries for energy storage

Bosch has announced a partnership with BMW and Vattenfall, called the Second Life Batteries Alliance, to develop a large scale More…

Posted on: March 4th, 2015

Toyota aims for 100% recycling of hybrid batteries

According to Toyota, their European business has already achieved an average collection rate for used hybrid vehicle batteries of 91%, More…

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015

Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition

The Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition will take place on June 3rd and 4th 2015 at the Australian Technology More…

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015

Energizer launches the first alkaline battery made from recycled batteries

Energizer Household Products, a division of Energizer Holdings, has launched a new high performance alkaline battery (Energizer® EcoAdvanced™). According to More…

Posted on: February 18th, 2015

ABRI calls for producer responsibility regulations for handheld batteries

The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) is calling for producer responsibility legislation for household batteries, declaring that it is no More…

Posted on: February 8th, 2015

Proposal to amend UK batteries regulation

The UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is consulting on proposed changes to Government Guidance on the More…

Posted on: January 27th, 2015

Electric vehicle battery recycling in California

A paper published in Environmental Research Letters in January reports on research into the life cycle impacts and optimal logistics More…

Posted on: January 26th, 2015