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Lessons from the International Congress for Battery Recycling

ABRI’s CEO Helen Lewis recently addressed the International Congress for Battery Recycling (ICBR) on achievements to date and current issues with battery stewardship in Australia. The Congress was held in Dubrovnik from 10-12 September 2013. Helen’s presentation can be downloaded here.
One of the key themes at the Congress was lithium batteries: growth in consumption, technological developments, implications for recycling, and safety management. Reports were provided on recent changes to dangerous goods regulations for transport, which will ease the compliance burden and facilitate recycling for waste and damaged lithium batteries.
Other themes included:
– the current review of the EU Battery Directive, which will consider (amongst other things) the appropriateness of the collection targets and the way that ‘recycling efficiency’ is calculated (i.e. the percentage of collected materials that are recovered during the recycling process)
– standards and certification for battery and e-waste recyclers, which aim to provide greater clarity and transparency on recycling performance and environmental management
– technologies to recover alkaline and zinc carbon batteries, which supply different end markets and achieve significantly different recycling efficiencies (claims vary from 28% up to 100%).
The next Congress will be held in Hamburg, Germany, from 24-26 September (for more information see