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 >
The Power Tool Batteryback recycling pilot in Brisbane has collected almost 2 tonnes of batteries for recycling since its launch in September 2015. This represents a small but significant dent in the more than three million power tool batteries estimated to reach their end-of-life in Australia each year.
The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) is calling for more power tool batteries to be recycled through the program, which has been designed by ABRI to collect and recycle used power tool batteries, to gauge demand, and inform the structure of a future, permanent program that operates nationwide.
Power tool batteries are amongst the most hazardous batteries in the waste stream and often contain cadmium, a toxin and known carcinogen that must be kept out of landfill, and safely processed.
Research conducted so far shows that consumers want to recycle power tool batteries, but the biggest barrier, cited by 86% of respondents, is knowing where to recycle them.
Under the pilot program DIY’ers and tradespeople can deposit any brand of power tool battery into a specially marked bin at a participating hardware store in the Brisbane area, free of charge. Collection points are available at participating Bunnings, Masters, TradeTools and Total Tools stores. To find your nearest collection point visit Planet Ark’s website.
By weight, the majority of batteries collected (70%) have been lithium-ion, followed by the highly toxic nickel cadmium (22%) and nickel metal hydride batteries (8%). These batteries will all be safely recycled to recover reusable materials and divert hazardous substances from landfill.
The most common brands collected to date have been Makita (34%), Hitachi (18%), Bosch (10%) and Panasonic (7%). Retailer and manufacturer forums are planned for early March to discuss the results of the trial so far, lessons learned and potential future solutions.
Consumers and tradies are being encouraged to complete a two-minute survey about power tool batteries to help inform the design of a permanent, national scheme and have the chance to win one of ten Bosch tool kits.
The pilot project continues until 30 June 2016. ABRI asks that you spread the news and encourage everyone you know to take part.
An information leaflet setting out the dangers of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries entering the lead battery recycling process has been published. It warns battery collectors, handlers and sorters not to send Li-ion batteries to lead recyclers due to the risk of fire or explosion if they enter the lead battery collection and recycling process. They should be sent to an approved facility for Li-ion batteries.
The problem is that lead acid and Li-ion batteries can look very similar.
According to EUROBAT the leaflet is urgently needed as companies that operate secondary lead smelters have experienced an increase in the number of Li-ion batteries mixed into deliveries of used lead-based batteries received as feedstock for their recycling process.
Current labelling requirements are inadequate to clearly distinguish between lead and Li-ion batteries. A solution is being developed in the US to allow better identification of different battery chemistries through standardised colour-coded labelling.
The leaflet has been developed as a joint initiative by the International Lead Association (ILA), Battery Council International (BCI) and the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers (EUROBAT).
The flyer can be downloaded here.
MRI has announced that effective 1 February, the company will assume the administration responsibilities of DHL Supply Chain’s national television and computer recycling product stewardship arrangement ,‘Drop Zone’.
MRI is an Australian company with over 20 years’ experience in computer, television and battery recycling including integrated e-waste management solutions. MRI has been one of DHL’s most significant recycling partners throughout the duration of the scheme.
Managing Director of MRI, Mr Will LeMessurier said, “With more than 20 years’ experience in the collection and recycling of electronic waste MRI is strongly positioned to provide liable parties (i.e. brands, imports and manufacturers) under the National and Television Scheme with a ‘total service’ for responsible recovery and best practice processing of their products.”
MRI PSO Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of MRI Pty Ltd has been established to operate the arrangement. It will be headed up by Ms Rose Read as Chief Executive Officer from 15 February 2016. Ms Read was the former Manager of Australia’s highly regarded mobile phone industry recycling program MobileMuster.
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