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 >

Latest News

Involving Kids in Battery Recycling – Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge

The Denwood Drive school is one of 125 participating in Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge. The contest began Oct. 17, during Waste Reduction Week, and runs until April 21, the Friday before Earth Day.
“It’s a good opportunity for the kids to learn how to recycle their batteries and how to take care of them,” school council co-chair Karen Cormier told The Sault Star.

To read all about it, click here.

Posted on: January 23rd, 2017

ABRI meets with the Federal Environment and Energy Minister’s Advisor

In December, Libby Chaplin (ABRI CEO), John Gertsakis (ABRI Vice President), and Will LeMessurier (ABRI Treasurer) met with Karyn Freeman, Advisor to the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for the Environment and Energy. The team introduced Karyn to the challenges and opportunities facing battery stewards in Australia. We communicated four key issues for action. In particular we asked for support for: the establishment of the voluntary stewardship program for batteries (excluding ULAB), the need for efficiency in implementation of the Hazardous Waste Act, the importance of creating recycling options for the future expansion in energy storage; and for the Minister’s support of our button cell container & collection project. Discussions were positive and are continuing this year. We will keep you up-to-date with the formal responses as they unfold.

Posted on: January 13th, 2017

Button Cell Battery Recycling Project Update

As you probably know, ABRI recently received funding from the NSW Environmental Trust to investigate new business models for the collection, recycling and disposal of used batteries. If not, you can read the background click here. David Flynn Design recently completed the designs for three options and we have now received the prototypes for evaluation. The results look very promising. Over the coming months the Institute of Sustainable Futures will be evaluating the viability of prototypes by conducting surveys and/or workshops to obtain customer feedback. This is a very exciting initiative for ABRI and we will keep you in touch as it progresses.

Posted on: January 13th, 2017

National Voluntary Stewardship Program

ABRI is working with the Battery Implementation Working Group to advance the creation of a national voluntary stewardship scheme for More…

Posted on: January 13th, 2017

Call for Papers: International Battery Recycling Congress in Portugal

Those interested in offering an abstract can respond to the first announcement and call for papers by February 28, 2017. More…

Posted on: January 13th, 2017

Tender for consultancy for cost-benefit analysis of a national battery storage register

The Department of the Environment and Energy is seeking tenders for Consultancy Services to Produce a Cost-Benefit Analysis of a More…

Posted on: January 13th, 2017

Things are looking up for battery recycling market

The global battery recycling market is anticipated to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 10.90% by 2024, so More…

Posted on: January 6th, 2017

Managing MRF Fires

Waste 360 discusses MRF fires and suggests that incidents are increasing, with one large problem being an influx of batteries More…

Posted on: January 2nd, 2017

Accessibility found to be vital for battery recycling in North America

A recent Nielsen survey commissioned by Call2Recycle found that while more than half of respondents were aware of battery recycling More…

Posted on: December 22nd, 2016

New report from Planet Ark

A new report from Planet Ark for Recycling Week provides recycling tips… Download the report here.

Posted on: December 13th, 2016