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 peak body for Australia’s lighting industry has partnered with the Queensland Government to divert emergency and exit lighting batteries from landfill.
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Lighting Council Australia are encouraging corporate organisations, shopping centres and Councils to sign up to ‘EXITCYCLE’ to show their commitment to recycle their emergency lighting batteries.
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Dr Steven Miles said the EXITCYCLE battery recycling initiative would begin with a 12 month pilot in Queensland.
“We’re encouraging voluntary recycling action from big business and corporate groups to prevent emergency and exit light batteries from ending up in landfill. About 90 per cent of emergency lighting batteries contain nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd) which is a toxic heavy metal, and less than 5 per cent are recycled,” Dr Miles said. “The pilot will provide valuable information to feed into the development of a national rechargeable battery product stewardship scheme.”
The pilot is an initiative of Lighting Council Australia, with funding provided by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. EXITCYCLE will be based on, and complement, Lighting Council Australia’s existing FluoroCycle scheme for end-of-life mercury containing lamps.
The Victorian Government has committed to banning e-waste from landfill. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, in partnership with the EPA and Sustainability Victoria, is gathering information to help design and implement the ban. E-waste includes large and small appliances; IT, telecommunications and TV equipment; lighting equipment; electrical and electronic tools; toys, leisure and sports equipment; and other products such as medical devices and solar panels.
A discussion paper has been released to seek input from stakeholders. Comments are due by 1 November 2015.
During 2016 the Government will analyse alternative approaches to banning e-waste to landfill, including assessment of regulatory impact, with the preferred approach expected to be implemented early-to-mid 2017.
ABRI has written to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and his Ministerial colleagues in each state and territory calling for changes to transport regulations for used lead acid batteries (ULAB).
ULAB are defined under regulations as both a hazardous waste and a dangerous good. As a result, the storage, transport and recycling of used batteries must be undertaken under license and in accordance with strict environmental and safety standards. This is entirely appropriate. However, ABRI members believe that the current requirements for interstate and intrastate tracking of ULAB impose an unnecessary cost on battery collectors.
ULAB are covered by the National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) for the Movement of Controlled Wastes. This process allows regulatory agencies to monitor the movement of hazardous wastes and to ensure they are delivered to an appropriate and licensed facility. It addresses the risk that wastes that are expensive to process will be dumped or managed in an environmentally irresponsible or unsafe manner (tyres are a good example).
Dumping is generally not a concern for ULAB, which have a positive commercial value. Recycling is driven by strong international demand for lead, and recyclers are actively searching for supplies of used batteries. As a result ULAB are extremely unlikely to get dumped. The paperwork and associated fees involved with tracking add to business costs without achieving any worthwhile outcomes.
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