ABRI has received funding support from the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage (DEHP) to run a recycling trial for used power tool batteries in Brisbane. The project will collected used batteries from leading hardware retailers in the Greater Brisbane area, and is expected to commence in September 2015. Quotes for the collection service are currently being sought. ABRI greatly appreciates the support of the Queensland Government and ABRI corporate member Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd for this project.
This is the first of several action research projects that ABRI will use to inform the development of a national stewardship program for all handheld batteries. The initial focus is on some of the most hazardous batteries, including nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries in power tools and emergency lighting. Button cells are also a high priority because of the safety risks from ingestion by small children. Pilot projects are being used by ABRI and its partners to collect information on costs, to understand any operational issues, and to gather feedback from consumers and retailers.