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 >

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Lithium-ion battery forum

You are invited to join us for a workshop and training course on Lithium-ion batteries being held in Sydney on Thursday 20 October. You can register here.

This forum has been organised by the Clean Energy Council (CEC) and the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) to provide information on responsible transport, storage and recycling of Li-ion batteries.

A half-day seminar in the morning (9.00am – 1.00pm) will include keynote speakers and panel members presenting on:

•projections for Li-ion battery use and disposal to 2030
•transport and storage regulations
•options for recycling batteries at end of life
•regulatory and infrastructure gaps.

This will be followed by a half-day training course (2.00pm – 5.00pm) on transporting Li-ion batteries. The objective of the training is to raise awareness of DG transport requirements among battery manufacturers, installers, collectors and recyclers. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance and those requiring more detailed training and a qualification in DG transport will be directed to the most appropriate follow-up course. The course will cover:

•Road and rail transport – changes to ADG 7.4 and packaging implications
•Sea transport – IMDG including recent updates
•Air transport – Australian and international regulations and airline requirements.

Register for the forum here.

Posted on: September 22nd, 2016

Welcoming our new CEO

Message from ABRI’s President

Following a rigorous recruitment process, I am very pleased to announce that the Executive Committee has appointed Libby Chaplin as the new ABRI CEO, commencing 1 November 2016.


Libby will bring a significant amount of knowledge to ABRI from her work as an international consultant to industry and government clients on e-waste recycling and Standards development.

For the past 15 years Libby has been based in the United States. In this role she has been actively involved with international standards for end-of-life-electronics, for example e-Stewards and R2, and also with emerging standards, such as the European EERA – Eurometaux Standard on End-Processing of WEEE Fractions. She has assisted numerous recyclers to implement management systems and process improvements as well as monitor their performance against the requirements of these standards in the US, Canada and South Korea. This experience has afforded her a practical understanding of the realities of emerging requirements, which she has applied to standards development and also to industry research designed to explore and highlight the challenges and opportunities in this rapidly changing sector.

Before moving to the US Libby worked for Brisbane City Council, the Environment Management Industry Association of Australia, and EcoRecycle Victoria, and established a successful environmental consulting business.

Libby will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to ABRI, including in-depth understanding of recycling, industry standards, government policy processes and organisational governance. Her international experience will be valuable in helping ABRI in the further development of local stewardship solutions and responsible recycling standards for batteries.

We look forward to welcoming Libby to ABRI in November. Helen Lewis will continue in her current role until that time, and will ensure that there is a seamless handover of projects and responsibilities. I would like to thank Helen for her flexibility, support and commitment to ABRI during this transition.

Matt Palmer

Posted on: September 8th, 2016

New recycling facility proposed for Sydney

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, an application has been submitted to the Department of Planning by Ledox Australia to establish a new lead battery recycling facility in Sydney.

The facility will have the capacity to process up to 1,500 tonnes of batteries per month. It is intended to recover the lead plates and lead sludge to be exported for re-processing into new car batteries.

Posted on: August 30th, 2016

ABRI welcomes new members

ABRI welcomes four new corporate members: – AGL, one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies and the largest ASX listed More…

Posted on: August 18th, 2016

Export permits

All batteries exported from Australia for recycling require a permit from the Australian Department of Environment. Applications and decisions are More…

Posted on: August 18th, 2016

Recycling alkaline batteries for micronutrients

A recent report commissioned by battery stewardship organisation Call2Recycle investigated the resource efficiency, health and environmental impacts of alkaline battery More…

Posted on: August 18th, 2016

Government priority list for 2016-17

Every year the Australian Minister for the Environment is required to publish a ‘Product List’ that lists classes of products More…

Posted on: August 17th, 2016

International Congress for Battery Recycling, 14-16 Sept

The next international recycling congress for battery recycling will take place from September 14 – 16, 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium. More…

Posted on: August 16th, 2016

ALDI extends battery recycling

With the opening of at least eight new stores in South Australia and Western Australia, ALDI has now extended its More…

Posted on: July 14th, 2016

Rechargeable battery recycling amps up in Toowoomba

Toowoomba has been chosen as the location of Australia’s first industry-run rechargeable battery recycling trial. The Toowoomba Rechargeable Batteryback Trial More…

Posted on: July 11th, 2016