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 >
A pilot project to collect and recycle used power tool batteries will commence on 6 September 2015. Batteries will be collected through selected Bunnings, Masters and Trade Tools stores in the Brisbane City Council area.
The project is being managed by ABRI with funding from the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage. The team responsible for collection, recycling and communication includes Infoactiv Group, MRI (Aust) Pty Ltd and Planet Ark.
The aim of the pilot is to investigate the feasibility of collecting power tool batteries through hardware stores. It will provide valuable information on consumer willingness to participate, costs of collection and recycling, the types of batteries available for collection by weight, chemistry and brand, and other operational issues.
Participating stores are listed on the Power Tool Batteryback site at RecyclingNearYou.
The European Battery Directive mandates producer responsibility for recycling portable batteries. The lack of a clear definition of ‘portable battery’ in the UK regulation has resulted in over-reporting of recycled batteries and inaccurate collection rates. This is due to the inclusion of many lead acid batteries that are outside the scope of the Directive.
According to an article in Resource, Government figures show that in 2012 lead based batteries contributed only 8% of portable batteries on the market but made up 83% of collected portable batteries, a return rate of 470%.
After extensive consultation the Department of Environment Food and Agriculture (DEFRA) has announced that the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 will be revised to defined a portable battery as:
– weighing less than 4kg
– not an automotive or industrial battery.
DEFRA has warned that the change is expected to increase costs to producers from an average of £1,000 per tonne to £1,250 per tonne.
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