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

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 important perspective on the potential for lithium battery recycling to bring jobs, economic growth and also to stabilise global lithium supplies as consumer demand grows. This research underlines the important work ABRI and the Battery Stewardship Council is doing to establish a coordinated battery recycling scheme. To read the article in Renew Economy, click Renew Economy Article

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 of batteries. 89% of respondents have experienced or suspect they have experienced fires caused by lithium batteries. Click here to read the article: Data Corner: The Lithium-ion battery risk at MRFs. If you would like to be part of the solution in Australia, now is the time to join the Battery Stewardship Council!

To join, please send in a nomination form which can be found: BSC Nomination Form

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 members. Face to face stakeholder engagement has been the focus of the past month, with the next steps to involve preparation of a discussion paper outlining scheme features. It is anticipated that state by state forums will be held in July/August to refine the approach with a view to applying to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission at the end of the year.

To read about the background read the BSC Briefing Note #1.

To read about current activities and the path forward, read Briefing Note #2.

Both can be found at the ABRI Battery Stewardship Resources Page .

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

VIC EPA Releases draft combustible recyclable and waste material policy and guidelines for comment

The draft combustible recyclable and waste material guidelines is very relevant to ABRI members who are recyclers. The policy is More…

Posted on: June 29th, 2018

ICBR 2018 – International Battery Recycling Conference Program now available

The International Battery Recycling Conference Program now available. Based on our experience last year, this is a conference well worth More…

Posted on: June 29th, 2018

China International Battery Recycling conference

China International Battery recycling 2018 which will be held on Sept 6- Sept 7, 2017 inShanghai, China “With the fast More…

Posted on: June 29th, 2018

Battery fires an ‘existential threat’ for industry

An interesting article on the state of play for MRF operators responsible for managing risk of lithium ion battery fires More…

Posted on: June 27th, 2018

Australian Battery Recycling Problem receiving attention

This article in BestinAU discusses the growing problem waste stream and the need for local options for processing all types More…

Posted on: June 26th, 2018

Lithium ion batteries thought to have sparked massive blaze

A recent fire in the UK once again underlines the importance of establishing a national stewardship scheme to ensure that More…

Posted on: May 28th, 2018