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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Launch of Power Tool Batteryback pilot

Batteryback Power Tool Logo Md

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.

Posted on: September 3rd, 2015

New definition of a portable battery in the UK

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
– sealed
– 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.

Posted on: August 23rd, 2015

Cancellation of approval for one of the TV and computer arrangements

The Department of Environment announced on 10 August that approval of the Reverse E-Waste co-regulatory arrangement, administered by Beverich Holdings International Pty Ltd, was cancelled on 7 August 2015 after a request from Reverse E-waste.

Reverse E-waste was one of the five organisations that were approved to operate as ‘arrangements’ under the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS). The department’s decision to revoke Reverse E-Waste’s approval comes ahead of the planned review of the NTCRS in 2016. The Victorian Government has already announced that it plans to ban the disposal of e-waste from landfill.

Posted on: August 19th, 2015

Ministers agree to continue negotiations on battery stewardship

At their meeting on 15 July Environment Ministers agreed to continue negotiations with industry on a voluntary stewardship program, but More…

Posted on: July 17th, 2015

Recycling essential to recover metals from Li-ion batteries

According to a report in Greentech Media, lithium-ion battery production could be constrained in future by available supplies of cobalt, More…

Posted on: July 14th, 2015

WA extends Household Hazardous Waste program for 1 year

The Western Australian Waste Authority has extended its Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) program for another year, until mid 2016, while More…

Posted on: July 14th, 2015

ABRI urges Environment Ministers to support battery stewardship

The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) has called on Environment Minister Greg Hunt and all state and territory Ministers to More…

Posted on: July 12th, 2015

Batteries stay on Ministers’ priority list

The Minister for Environment Greg Hunt has approved only two priority products under the Product Stewardship Act for 2015-16. These More…

Posted on: July 3rd, 2015

Power tool battery recycling pilot

ABRI has received funding support from the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage (DEHP) to run a recycling trial for More…

Posted on: June 23rd, 2015

Innovative battery start-up at Melbourne University

Relectrify is a Melbourne-based startup company commercialising stationary battery systems based on old battery cells from laptops, hybrid or electric More…

Posted on: June 18th, 2015