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 supports the principle of product stewardship: that responsibility for environmental management of products, including their recovery at end of life, is shared by organisations at every stage of the product life cycle…More >
BAT REC Battery Recycling joined ABRI as a corporate member in December 2014. “ABRI will be a useful source of information for us, particularly on the non-lead acid battery side. We don’t want to reinvent the wheel” said Bill Parker. Mr Parker owns and manages the business with his wife Sandra.
BAT REC was established in 2000 to collect used lead acid batteries (ULAB) for aggregation at their Wacol (Brisbane) site. Non-lead batteries are also collected from customers looking for an ‘all battery’ solution.
Jade Barnaby from Sustainability Victoria (SV) provided an update on the Batteryback recycling program at a recent industry forum in Melbourne. Since the program commenced in 2008 both accessibility and service delivery have improved, with the number of retail drop-off points growing from 4 to 36. The number of program partners has also increased. Better Batt, Bunnings, CERES, Coles, HEARLINK, Queens Parade Hardware, Michaels Camera Store, and Officeworks all provide collection points. ABRI joined the program as a contributor in 2012 and Exide Batteries in 2013.
In November 2014 specialist battery retailer Better Batt joined the program as a financial contributor and will provide a drop-off service for their customers. “Better Batt joined the Batteryback program because we believe in industry being responsible for the end-of-life management of the products and services they sell” said company founder, Liam McCarroll.
Batteryback has achieved a number of positive outcomes in addition to waste diversion. It has engaged retailers and other industry partners in battery recycling, and data from the program informed discussions on a model national battery stewardship program. The practical experience gained through the program also helped in the development of ABRI’s safety guidelines for handheld batteries, which were funded by SV. Over 4000 copies of the guidelines were downloaded from ABRI’s website over the past 12 months.
ABRI is pleased to welcome the City of Sydney as its latest new member.
The council is implementing a range of innovative recycling initiatives in collaboration with Infoactiv, including recycling stations for handheld batteries, light bulbs and mobile phones at libraries and service centres. The 10 recycling stations collected over 2,300 kilograms in their first year of operation. Handheld batteries dominated the collections with 1,787 kilograms recovered, which is around 100,000 batteries. The City is also trialling delivery of an e-waste recycling program to over 1,500 households across six large apartment buildings, which has recovered around 12 tonnes since January 2014.
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