Why a National Scheme is Important
To ensure safe and responsible recovery of all types of waste batteries
Experience in other jurisdictions shows a centralised national scheme is more successful in creating consistent processes necessary for a safe and effective recovery process. It also means recovery is focused not only batteries with a high resource recovery value (lead acid), but also problematic batteries such as lithium.
To manage batteries effectively & efficiently
For battery brand owners, a national approach will create a level playing field and will be easier to navigate, report and show success. A well designed national scheme can also foster industry development in the recycling sector, rather than creating a race to the bottom as has occurred in other jurisdictions.
To ensure coordinated success
A national network with scheme awareness is central to success. A strong single brand and awareness program will create a culture of battery recovery in our day to day habits. Australian’s have shown they want to recycle batteries, but they need to know where to take them. A national scheme can deliver.