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

New recycling facility proposed for Sydney

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, an application has been submitted to the Department of Planning by Ledox Australia to establish a new lead battery recycling facility in Sydney.

The facility will have the capacity to process up to 1,500 tonnes of batteries per month. It is intended to recover the lead plates and lead sludge to be exported for re-processing into new car batteries.

Posted on: August 30th, 2016

ABRI welcomes new members

ABRI welcomes four new corporate members:
AGL, one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies and the largest ASX listed owner, operator and developer of renewable energy generation in the country
PF Metals, a scrap metal merchant that began recycling used lithium-ion batteries in Melbourne in 2015
Solax Power, a world leader in the development, production and distribution of solar inverters
Sunverge, supplier of an intelligent distributed energy storage system that combines battery storage with solar and other distributed energy resources for the consumer market.

Posted on: August 18th, 2016

Export permits

All batteries exported from Australia for recycling require a permit from the Australian Department of Environment. Applications and decisions are published in the Government Gazette.

Export permits that have been approved over the past few months include:
MRI Aust) Pty Ltd to export up to 400 tonne of mixed waste batteries to KOBAR in the Republic of Korea: 300 tonnes of nickel cadmium, 60 tonnes of nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and 40 tonnes of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries (17/5/16)
MRI (Aust) Pty Ltd to export up to 500 tonnes of alkaline and manganese batteries to ER Co Ltd in the Republic of Korea (18/3/16)
Sims E-Recycling Pty Ltd to export up to 60 tonnes of Li-ion batteries to Umicore Battery Recycling in Belgium (31/3/16)
Hydromet Corporation to export up to 12,000 tonnes of lead waste and scrap from used lead acid batteries (ULAB) to Weser-Metall in Germany (29/7/16)
Lex Enviro Services to export up to 4,000 tonnes of lead waste and scrap derived from ULAB to Kookjea Metallic Co Ltd in the Republic of Korea (8/4/16).

An application by Century TS to export up to 2,000 tonnes of ULAB to SEGI Recycling Technology Co. Limited in the Republic of Korea was refused (31/3/16).

Applications have been submitted by Dodd & Dodd Group to export ULAB to the Republic of Korea (14/7/16); Hydromet Corporation to export lead waste and scrap to the Republic of Korea (4/7/16) and Hydromet Corporation to export lead waste and scrap to Poland (19/5/16).

Beverich Holdings has applied to vary their permit to export unsorted Li-ion and NiMH batteries to Korea (26/7/16).

Posted on: August 18th, 2016

Recycling alkaline batteries for micronutrients

A recent report commissioned by battery stewardship organisation Call2Recycle investigated the resource efficiency, health and environmental impacts of alkaline battery More…

Posted on: August 18th, 2016

Government priority list for 2016-17

Every year the Australian Minister for the Environment is required to publish a ‘Product List’ that lists classes of products More…

Posted on: August 17th, 2016

International Congress for Battery Recycling, 14-16 Sept

The next international recycling congress for battery recycling will take place from September 14 – 16, 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium. More…

Posted on: August 16th, 2016

ALDI extends battery recycling

With the opening of at least eight new stores in South Australia and Western Australia, ALDI has now extended its More…

Posted on: July 14th, 2016

Rechargeable battery recycling amps up in Toowoomba

Toowoomba has been chosen as the location of Australia’s first industry-run rechargeable battery recycling trial. The Toowoomba Rechargeable Batteryback Trial More…

Posted on: July 11th, 2016

Update on Industry Working Group for handheld batteries

The Battery Industry Working Group (IWG) has met five times since it was formed in 2015. The aim of the More…

Posted on: May 15th, 2016

NSW EPA grants for priority problem wastes

Applications are invited for the Innovation in Priority Problem Wastes Management grants program and the Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and More…

Posted on: May 15th, 2016