Australian Battery Recycling Initiative
ABRI's vision is simple: to achieve battery stewardship in Australia


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

China dominating battery recycling market

Recent analysis by U.K. research firm Circular Energy Storage titled “The lithium-ion battery end-of-life market 2018-2025,” finds that the movement of batteries to China means North American and European companies are at a disadvantage. One conclusion made is that this exodus of batteries to China radically reduces volumes of waste batteries available for processing onshore and prevents investment in onshore processing industry. Clearly this also has implications for Australia and suggests that the sooner the proposed National Battery Stewardship Scheme is established the better. The scheme will provide greater certainty for investment in local battery waste processing operations and reduce our exposure to possible China ‘bans’ on waste battery exports in the future. To read the article click E-SCRAP NEWS.

Posted on: August 2nd, 2018

Global market projections show booming recycling sector

This weeks article in Recycling International reports on new figures published by Transparency Market Research which indicates very strong growth in battery recycling in general. Unsurprisingly the report anticipates expansion in the lithium ion sector at a “very fast pace”. Also interesting to see the projected expansion of batteries from the electrical appliances segment. Australia’s current very low collection rates of batteries other than lead acid, suggests that we have some catching up to do. However, it is important to know that we have processors here in Australia that have developed innovative solutions and can scale up quickly, especially if a national stewardship scheme is established. To read the article click here.

Posted on: July 28th, 2018

ABRI Member Profile: BatteryWorld

The BatteryWorld Australia franchise network is a fast growing, sustainable, reputable franchise that continues to dominate the specialist battery market. Since 1997 Battery World Australia has become the largest and most comprehensive Australian retailer in the category, stocking a staggering 8,000 battery and advanced technology portable power solutions. To read more about this highlight successful network, click here.

Posted on: July 28th, 2018

Damaged batteries a hot topic

This very timely article in the Environmental Leader sheds light on a growing risk for waste and recycling facilities as More…

Posted on: July 26th, 2018

Children mining cobalt in slave-like conditions as global demand for battery material surges

When you make the decision to throw away your mobile phone and to buy a new one, take a moment More…

Posted on: July 25th, 2018

Fires resulting from lithium batteries continue to be in the news. NZ feels the heat.

Fire at Macaulay Metals in Lower Hutt put out, but cause believed to have started when a lithium battery entered More…

Posted on: July 24th, 2018

Battery recycling could generate billion-dollar industry for Australia, push down prices

The recently released CSIRO report “Lithium battery recycling in Australia” is receiving a lot of good attention and provides an More…

Posted on: July 17th, 2018

Survey of 119 US MRF Operators calls attention to battery risks and the need for Australia to get serious about a national scheme

A survey of MRF operators in the US highlights the growing importance of having a national approach to responsible recovery More…

Posted on: July 11th, 2018

Battery Stewardship Council moving into the Design Phase

Since its inception in May, the Battery Stewardship Council has received strong support with 45 organisations having signed on as More…

Posted on: June 29th, 2018

ABRI Member Profile: Century Yuasa Focus on Sustainability

Century Yuasa is Australia’s oldest and most recognised battery manufacturer with a proud heritage spanning two centuries. An affiliate of More…

Posted on: June 29th, 2018