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 >

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Battery stewardship in New Zealand

ABRI CEO Helen Lewis gave a presentation to the WasteMINZ Round-up in Auckland (23-24 May), which had a strong focus on product stewardship. Many attendees expressed strong interest in battery recycling and the potential for cross-Tasman collaboration. Rechargeable batteries from mobile phones and e-waste are collected through voluntary product stewardship schemes. Several municipalities are collecting, or planning to collect household batteries, driven by demand from residents.

Mike Mendonca from the Ministry for the Environment (MFE) reported on the outcomes of their consultation on ‘priority products’ under the Waste Minimisation Act. On 21 May 2014, the Government had released a discussion document asking whether to intervene to improve the management of four product waste streams: electronic and electrical equipment; tyres; agrichemicals and farm plastics; and refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases. In submissions to MFE (summarised here), batteries were identified by many stakeholders as one of the additional products that they would like to see addressed. A submission from the Association for Promotion of Electric Vehicles and Auto Stewardship New Zealand raised the issue of end of life automotive batteries, including both existing and future technologies, and noted that ‘anxiety around the end-of-life management of the batteries is a barrier to the uptake of electric vehicles’.

Posted on: April 24th, 2015

IMDG update

There are a number of important changes to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) that apply to the transport of used batteries.

A new special provision (377) states that:

‘Lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries and equipment containing such cells and batteries transported for disposal or recycling, either packed together with or packed without non-lithium batteries, may be packaged in accordance with packing instruction P909 of’

Packing instruction P909 states that:

‘Cells and batteries shall be designed or packed to prevent short circuits. Protection … includes, but is not limited to:
– individual protection of the battery terminal
– inner packaging to prevent contact between cells and batteries
– batteries with recessed terminals designed to protect against short circuits, or
– the use of a non-conductive and non-combustible cushioning material to fill empty space between the cells or batteries in the packaging.’

In addition, ‘Cells and batteries need to be secured within the outer packaging to prevent excessive movement during transport (e.g. by using a non-combustible and non-conductive cushioning material or through the use of a tightly closed plastic bag)’.

The IMDG can be purchased here.

Posted on: April 21st, 2015

Hazardous waste regulations

The Australian Department of Environment has commissioned GHD to undertake a comparative analysis of how hazardous wastes are regulated under both transport (mostly dangerous goods) and environmental regulations. The project will identify and recommend on opportunities to achieve greater harmonisation of hazardous waste and transport regulations at national and jurisdictional levels.

An Issues Paper was released for initial consultation in March 2015. ABRI’s submission recommended:
– that used lead acid batteries be exempted from hazardous waste tracking requirements
– that new waste codes be introduced for used batteries.

ABRI’s submission can be downloaded here.

Posted on: April 20th, 2015

Export permit application

The Department of Environment has received an application from Schlumberger Australia Pty Lt in WA to export 20 tonnes of More…

Posted on: April 20th, 2015

Ban on air transport of lithium ion batteries

Qantas has introduced a ban on shipping lithium-ion batteries (UN 3480) by air freight. The ban does not affect batteries More…

Posted on: April 20th, 2015

Handheld battery regulations in the US

In 2014 battery industry associations in the United States developed a model bill that would mandate collection and recycling of More…

Posted on: April 19th, 2015

Research thesis on lithium battery recycling

Anna Boyden from the Australian National University recently completed an undergraduate thesis entitled ‘The environmental impacts of recycling portable lithium-ion More…

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015

International Congress for Battery Recycling

The 20th International Congress for Battery Recycling will be held in Montreux, Switzerland, from 23-25 September 2015. Topics will include: More…

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015

Export permit for Hydromet

The Department of Environment has granted an export permit under the Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989 More…

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015

Reuse of old car batteries for energy storage

Bosch has announced a partnership with BMW and Vattenfall, called the Second Life Batteries Alliance, to develop a large scale More…

Posted on: March 4th, 2015