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 supports the principle of product stewardship: that responsibility for environmental management of products, including their recovery at end of life, is shared by organisations at every stage of the product life cycle…More >

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New data on used lead acid battery recycling

New data from the federal government reveals excess processing capacity for used lead acid batteries (ULAB) in Australia. The estimated quantity of ULAB available for recycling in Australia in 2012-13 was around 137,000 tonnes. The installed capacity to recycle ULAB in Australia is higher at around 173,000 tonnes. There are currently four recycling facilities:

– Australian Refined Alloys (ARA) in Sydney and Renewed Metal Technologies (RMT) in Wagga Wagga (NSW), both owned by Enirgi Metal Group
– Hydromet Corporation Limited in Unanderra, NSW
– V Resource in Loganholme, Queensland.

ARA and RMT carry out battery breaking and materials separation as well as smelting and refining to produce lead and lead alloy for sale. Hydromet and V Resource break the batteries and sell the lead to downstream processors in Australia or overseas for smelting and refining.

In August this year Dodd & Dodd Group Pty Ltd received a permit to export up to 5,500 tonnes of used lead acid batteries from WA to the Republic of Korea. In their Statement of Reasons to Grant a Permit the Department of Environment acknowledged that there is excess processing capacity in Australia. However, they concluded that many ULAB in remote and regional parts of WA were unlikely to be recycled in the absence of an export permit due to the high transport costs to recyclers on the east coast. The department also reported evidence of stockpiling when export permits were not in place. Batteries that are disposed of inappropriately or stockpiled for long periods have the potential to leak and contaminate the surrounding environment with lead and acid.


Burnt batteries in the Kimberley Region of WA

Posted on: October 14th, 2014

Storage King e-waste recycling box launched

A new e-waste recycling service has been launched by Storage King in partnership with MobileMuster and ECOACTIV. The E-Waste Recycling Box allows households, businesses and schools to recycle old used electronics easily and responsibly. All they have to do is pick up a box from their nearest Storage King store for $3.50, fill it with old mobiles, laptops, power cords and accessories, and return it to Storage King for recycling.

Actor Gyton Grantley, best known for his role as Carl Williams in Underbelly and Kane in House Husbands, has filmed a video explaining what can and can’t go into the recycling box and believes this will go a long way in helping keep e-waste out of landfill.

Rose Read, Recycling Manager at MobileMuster, said the new service helps locals do the right thing with their unused mobiles, computers and accessories when moving home or cleaning up and delivers real environmental benefits. “By recycling the millions of unwanted electronic devices stashed away in homes, we keep them out of landfill and conserve our natural resources.”

Storage King believes their stores can make a real difference in their local area. “The initiative gives our stores the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way and to support households and business in the community,” said Chat Bandaranayake, Local Marketing Coordinator.

Products that are accepted include:
• Notebooks, printers, fax machines, scanners, CD drives, hard drives, desktop sized printers
• VCR players, projectors, overhead projects, cables, keyboards, mice, floppy discs, printer cartridges
• Electronic games/toys, DVD players, stereos, cameras, video cameras, iPods
• Mobile phones, their batteries, chargers and accessories.

E-waste box with phones (640x427)

Posted on: September 29th, 2014

Webinar on battery stewardship developments in the US

The United States is on the verge of breakthrough legislation for both primary (single-use) and rechargeable batteries. This shift from a voluntary approach to a regulatory approach covering both battery types has coalesced over the past six months, as an increasing number of government agencies have expressed interest in a legislative solution to household battery management. This webinar will discuss the unique differences between the single-use and rechargeable battery industries, key issues that are being addressed to find a unified legislation solution, explore lessons for other countries such as Australia (where consultation is underway on a national battery stewardship scheme), and outstanding challenges faced by US state and local governments, manufacturers, retailers, and other key stakeholders in the year ahead.

The webinar is sponsored by the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI), TES-AMM, the Department of Environment and Heritage, and Canon, in partnership with the Global Product Stewardship Council.

The date of the webinar is:
– if attending from Australia – Nov. 6th at 9 a.m. EST
– if attending from the US – Nov. 5th at 7 p.m. EST.

Speakers will include:
– Marc Boolish, Director of Technology, Energizer Battery Manufacturing Inc, and President, Corporation for Battery Recycling
– Carl Smith, CEO/President, Call2Recycle
– Jen Holliday, Compliance Program and Product Stewardship Manager, Chittenden County, Vermont
– Garth Hickle, Product Stewardship Team Leader, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
– Scott Casell, CEO & Founder, Product Stewardship Institute.

Register here.

Registration is free for Australian residents. For details on how to register at no charge please contact Helen Lewis at

Posted on: September 28th, 2014

Australian Energy Storage Council launched

The Energy Storage Council, a new peak body for the energy storage industry, was launched on 12 September. One of More…

Posted on: September 14th, 2014

Battery World case study

A case study on Battery World’s handheld battery recycling program has just been published. The case study, which was written More…

Posted on: August 26th, 2014

Battery stewardship events

Battery stewardship and recycling update, Waste Expo, 16 October 2014, Melbourne The Waste Expo conference in Melbourne will feature a More…

Posted on: August 26th, 2014

Clean Energy Council working group on energy storage

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) has established a working group for photovoltaic (PV) storage. The group’s charter states that it More…

Posted on: August 25th, 2014

Export permit approved

Dodd & Dodd Group Pty Ltd has received a permit to export up to 5,500 tonnes of used lead acid More…

Posted on: August 21st, 2014

Energy storage batteries on industry agenda

According to the Clean Energy Council, energy storage technologies are becoming more viable in Australia. A report to the Council More…

Posted on: July 30th, 2014

MobileMuster accredited as the first voluntary stewardship scheme

The Federal Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt announced on 25 July that MobileMuster, the mobile telecommunications industry’s official recycling More…

Posted on: July 27th, 2014