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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New course on transporting lithium-ion batteries by air

ABRI member DG Air Freight is now offering a training course on transporting lithium-ion (Li-ion) and lithium metal batteries by air.

The course is designed to give shippers of Li-ion and lithium batteries an opportunity to be trained and qualified in accordance with Australian legislation and the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Upon successful completion of this one day course a certificate/qualification will be issued. This two-year qualification enables trained personnel to:
• Understand the general philosophy on carriage of dangerous goods
• Be knowledgeable about the classes, divisions and packing groups of Dangerous Goods
• Understand the legal implications of transporting Dangerous Goods by air
• Know the relation between Australian Legislation, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)
• Efficiently apply the IATA Regulations to day to day processing of lithium battery shipments
• Pack these consignments in accordance with the IATA Packing Instructions
• Mark and label packages correctly for air transport, and
• Complete the Shipper’s Declaration and Lithium Battery documents for air transport.

More information is available here.


Posted on: November 13th, 2015

New recycling report from Planet Ark

To mark National Recycling Week, which kicked off on Monday 9th November, Planet Ark released a report titled All Sorted – Answering the Big Recycling Questions. This focuses on 7 broad recycling questions like: ‘what happens to my recycling?'; and, ‘what are the benefits of recycling?’.

The report highlights the fact that at less than 3%, Australia’s recycling rate for handheld batteries lags well behind the rest of the world. It also promotes ABRI’s pilot power tool recycling project in Brisbane, which is supported by Planet Ark.

A recycling supplement in the Sydney Morning Herald included quotes from Planet Ark, ABRI and MobileMuster on the need for industry stewardship.

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Posted on: November 8th, 2015

Export permits for batteries

The following applications have been made to the Department of Environment for a permit to export used batteries for recycling:

Sims E-Recycling Pty Ltd to export up to 60 tonnes of lithium ion batteries to Belgium for recycling by Umicore (published 8 October).

TES-AMM Australia Pty Ltd to export up to 120 tonnes of dry cell alkaline and zinc carbon batteries to Spain for recycling by Recupyl Espana (published 20 August).

Hydromet Corporation Pty Limited has also applied for a permit to export up to 6,000 tonnes of lead waste and scrap derived from used lead acid batteries to Spain for recovery by Azor Ambiental SA.

Posted on: November 5th, 2015

Organisations invited to join EXITcycle

Lighting Council Australia is approaching private and government sector organisations in Queensland to become Signatories to EXITCYCLE, the new recycling More…

Posted on: November 5th, 2015

Coroner recommends national recycling program for handheld batteries

The Queensland Coroner has published his report into the death of Summer Steer, who died in 2013 after swallowing a More…

Posted on: November 5th, 2015

ABRI at All Energy conference

On 8 October ABRI CEO Helen Lewis addressed the Clean Energy Council’s (CEC) conference on the need for product stewardship More…

Posted on: October 14th, 2015

Work recommences on a national battery stewardship scheme

The Battery Implementation Working Group (BIWG) met in Melbourne on 9 October to recommence work on a national battery stewardship More…

Posted on: October 13th, 2015

PF Metals to recycle batteries in Australia

PF Metals was founded by Peter Freburg, who has worked in the scrap metal industry and the resource recovery business More…

Posted on: October 11th, 2015

ABRI’s new Code of Conduct sets a high standard for recyclers

A new Code of Conduct has been adopted by members of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) to promote the More…

Posted on: October 11th, 2015

Emergency lighting battery recycling pilot launched

The peak body for Australia’s lighting industry has partnered with the Queensland Government to divert emergency and exit lighting batteries More…

Posted on: October 7th, 2015