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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Update on Industry Working Group for handheld batteries

The Battery Industry Working Group (IWG) has met five times since it was formed in 2015. The aim of the IWG is to design a voluntary national stewardship program for handheld rechargeable batteries. It is co-chaired by Rose Read (formerly AMTA and currently with MRI Drop Zone) in an independent capacity and Rowan Hodge (Battery World).

The rechargeable battery program will fit under an overarching battery product stewardship scheme.
There may be several programs under the scheme, for example batteries collected as part of existing e-waste or mobile phone programs and mixed rechargeable battery collections. Performance indicators, a reporting framework, communication and data collection will be established under the scheme to provide for consistent information and messaging.

Two pilot programs are currently underway to inform the national process:
– The power tool battery recycling pilot, which was launched on Father’s Day 2015 and will run until the end of June 2016. Power tool batteries are being collected at 19 hardware store locations in the Brisbane metropolitan area.
– The emergency lighting batteries program launched in October 2015, which is being managed by the Lighting Council Australia. This is collecting and recycling emergency lighting batteries from commercial buildings.

A third trial is proposed to be held in mid-2016 in Queensland to collect further information on costs, the ability of consumers to separate rechargeable from primary batteries, battery brands, the mix of battery chemistries, and dangerous goods compliance.

A progress report will be provided to Environment Ministers in mid-2016 with a final report due for the last meeting of 2016 or first meeting 2017.

Posted on: May 15th, 2016

NSW EPA grants for priority problem wastes

Applications are invited for the Innovation in Priority Problem Wastes Management grants program and the Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement grants program. Delivered through a partnership between the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the NSW Environmental Trust, these programs aim to increase recycling of household, business and problem wastes (which include batteries).

Innovation in Priority Problem Wastes Management grants program:
There will be 2 streams:
– Stream 1 – Infrastructure grants of $100,000 to $1 million to cover up to 50% of project capital costs
– Stream 2 – R&D grants of $20,000 to $200,000 to cover up to 50% of eligible project costs.

Download an Application Form and Information for Applicants.

Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement grants program:

Grants of $100,000 to $1 million to cover up to 50 per cent of project capital costs are available to eligible organisations. Eligible organisations include councils, industry and businesses who operate licensed waste management facilities in NSW. Priority problem wastes are now included as eligible wastes for this round.

Download an Application Form and Information for Applicants.

Applications close 5:00 pm on Monday 27 June 2016.

Posted on: May 15th, 2016

Minister to open Lithium-ion battery forum

The program has now been announced for the Lithium-ion battery forum organised by ABRI and the Clean Energy Council. The aim of the forum, which will be held on 15 June, is to provide information on responsible transport, storage and recycling of Li-ion batteries for members and other stakeholders.

The forum will be opened by the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy and Resources. Speakers will include:
– Paul Fox, Technology Advisor, AGL
– Luke Pickles, Technical and Compliance Specialist, Clean Energy Council
– Paul Randell, Director, Randell Environmental Consulting
– Jessica Curtis, National Sector Manager, Standards Australia
– Helen Lewis, CEO, Australian Battery Recycling Initiative.

They will be followed by two panel discussions. The first of these, on the infrastructure for battery recycling, will include Will LeMessurier, Director, MRI (Aust) Pty Ltd; Naomi Boxall, Post-Doctoral Fellow, CSIRO Land and Water; Valentin Muenzel, Co-founder and CEO, Relectrify; and Andrew Mackenzie, General Manager, PF Metals.

The second panel on government legislation and policy will include representatives from the Australian Department of Environment, Sustainability Victoria, Worksafe and the Victorian EPA.

In the afternoon there will be a half-day training course on transporting Li-ion batteries run by Nick Nicolai from DG Air Freight. The objective of the training is to raise awareness of Dangerous Goods (DG) transport requirements among battery manufacturers, installers, collectors and recyclers.

Register here. Attendees have the option of registering for the morning forum, the afternoon training, or the whole day (ABRI and CEC members will receive a discount on their registration).

Posted on: May 15th, 2016

Free workshop on energy storage battery recycling

The Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition will be held in Sydney on 1-2 June at the Australian Technology Park, More…

Posted on: May 12th, 2016

Survey on button cell use and recycling

Readers are invited to take part in a short survey to inform the development of a pilot project on the More…

Posted on: May 2nd, 2016

Button cell battery recycling project

ABRI has received funding from the NSW Environmental Trust to investigate new business models for the collection, recycling and disposal More…

Posted on: April 15th, 2016

Energy storage conference and exhibition, 1-2 June

The Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition will be held in Sydney on 1-2 June. The conference program features 45 More…

Posted on: April 15th, 2016

New zinc bromide energy storage battery

Australian company Redflow has launched its new zinc bromide energy storage battery. Redflow claims that the battery is more recyclable More…

Posted on: April 15th, 2016

ABRI in the news

ABC News recently interviewed ABRI for a story on recycling energy storage batteries. The 7pm News on 30 March included More…

Posted on: April 15th, 2016

Car companies fund li-ion recycling research

Recycling International reports that The United States Advanced Battery Consortium – a collaborative organisation of Ford Motor Company, General Motors More…

Posted on: April 15th, 2016