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ABRI Member Bulletin ~ 9 October 2020

In this Bulletin:

  1. Energizer and Duracell commit to joining the BSC
  2. New dates announced for ABRI Webinar: Implementing new packing instructions for road transport of mixed loads of batteries
  3. Letter from Victorian Minister regarding support during COVID-19 and what this means for waste and recycling services
  4. Draft PAS 7055 to address button and coin battery safety open for comment
  5. Draft AS 5377 open for public comment
  6. Thailand passes strict ban on the importation of electronic waste
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ENERGIZER AND DURACELL COMMIT TO JOINING THE BSC

Released 1 October 2020: Two of the largest global manufacturers of batteries, Energizer and Duracell, have confirmed that they will participate in the Battery Stewardship Scheme developed by the Battery Stewardship Council (BSC).

READ THE FULL MEDIA RELEASE
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NEW DATES ANNOUNCED FOR ABRI WEBINAR: IMPLEMENTING NEW PACKING INSTRUCTIONS FOR ROAD TRANSPORT OF MIXED LOADS OF BATTERIES

Due to demand, two new dates have been scheduled for the upcoming ABRI webinar ‘Implementing new packing instructions for road transport of mixed loads of batteries’.  Initial dates of 21st and 26th October  are now full.  Details for the two new dates are below.

Dates: Thursday, 5 November and Monday, 9 November

Time: 10.00am – 2.30pm (AEDT) including a 30-minute lunch break

Cost: $95.00 +GST for non-members or $75.00 +GST for ABRI members.

The webinar will provide practical guidance on safe packing of mixed loads of batteries for road transport and will be presented by ABRI’s Libby Chaplin and Debra Kirk from the National Transport Commission.

This four-hour webinar (plus 30 minute lunch) has been prepared by ABRI with input from the National Transport Commission and members of the Competent Authorities Panel to ensure that the information provided is consistent with the latest version of the ADG.  The Australian Dangerous Goods Code was updated to version 7.7 in July 2020 for implementation October 2020 with a 12-month transition period to follow.

The webinar will cover road transport compliance and best practice guidance including topics such as:

  • General safety
  • Choosing a qualified recycler
  • Acceptable containers
  • Packing instructions
  • Placarding
  • Transport and waste approval documentation
  • Managed damaged and defective batteries
  • This to avoid

Who should attend?

This webinar will be relevant to those who are responsible for storage, packing or transport by road of mixed loads of batteries or anyone one interested in safe storage of batteries.

Sponsorship: If you would like to sponsor this event, contact us on the link below

 

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LETTER FROM MINISTER D'AMBROSIO REGARDING SUPPORT DURING COVID-19 AND WHAT THIS MEANS FOR WASTE AND RECYCLING SERVICES

ABRI has received a letter from Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change in response to ABRI’s request for hazardous waste and recycling industry support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Ministers letter she notes the Premiers release of a ‘reopening roadmap’ on 6 September to provide certainty and clarity to businesses and the community on the pathway to ‘COVID Normal’ for Victoria. Prior to further steps under this roadmap, the current restrictions continue to apply. Read the letter below for what these mean for waste and recycling services.

In the letter she also notes key elements of the latest package announced on 13 September to further support businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.

DOWNLOAD MINISTERS LETTER
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DRAFT PAS 7055 TO ADDRESS BUTTON AND COIN BATTERY SAFETY OPEN FOR COMMENT

The UK’s BSI is seeking comment on draft PAS 7055 that has been developed to address button and coin battery safety.  Comments due by 28 October 2020.

This PAS specifies requirements for producers and distributors of button (also known as non-lithium) and coin batteries (also known as lithium) up to 32 mm in diameter and their safety related packaging, labelling and disposal, including in-store and online retailing. It includes related safety requirements for consumer products that use these batteries, e.g. standard warning text to accompany all consumer products and secured battery compartment for consumer products fitted with removable batteries.

It defines what producers and distributors of button and coin batteries, and consumer products that use them, are required to do with respect to: packaging, instructions, labelling, marketing and disposal to mitigate the risk of ingestion or insertion.

READ DRAFT AND COMMENT
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DRAFT AS 5377 OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

Standards Australia are seeking public comment on draft AS 5377 – Management of electrical and electronic equipment for re-use or recycling. To download the draft, click the link below and log onto the Standards Australia website or register for a free account.

Comments close 23:59 on 20th October 2020.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD DRAFT AND COMMENT
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THAILAND PASSES STRICT BAN ON THE IMPORTATION OF ELECTRONIC WASTE

Following repeated revelations of the dumping of electronic wastes from countries such as the US, Japan, and Australia, the Thai government has finally passed a full prohibition on the import of such hazardous wastes into Thailand. Environmental groups that had been calling for such a ban for several years applauded the move but now call for vigorous enforcement of the law, the addition of plastic wastes and the ratification by Thailand of the Basel Convention’s Ban Amendment.

Click below to read more on this article. Below is the translation via Google translate of the Notification of Ministry of Commerce with 428 different types of electronic scrap listed as forbidden to import into the country, effective 15 September 2020.

With the necessary for environmental conservation, public health, safety protection of the people and for the efficient management of the country’s environment, E-waste should be designated as a prohibited commodity brought into the Kingdom by virtue of Section 5, paragraph one (1) of the Export Act and importing into the Kingdom of the goods BE 2522. Minister of Commerce with the approval of the Cabinet issued announcements as follows:

Clause 1: This announcement is called “Notification of the Ministry of Commerce on the provision of electronic waste. It is a product that must not be used Imported into the Kingdom in 2020”.

Clause 2: This Notification shall come into force from the day following the date of its publication in the Government Gazette.

Clause 3:  In the announcement “Electronic waste” means an electrical and electronic component or scrap (excluding scrap from the generator) that contains components such as electrolytic capacitors and other batteries switches containing mercury as a working element, glass fragments from cathode ray tubes and other active glass electrolytic capacitors containing PCBs or contaminated with cadmium, mercury, lead, polychlorinated biphenyl, which is chemical waste substance according to List 5.2, No. 2.18 of the Ministry of Industry Notification Re: List of Hazardous Substances B.E. 2556 in accordance with the law on Hazardous Substances.

Clause 4:  Electronic waste shall be in accordance with the customs tariff section 84 and part 85 only for statistics code 899 according to the account attached to this announcement. It is a product that must not be used brought into the Kingdom.

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NOTIFICATION OF MINISTRY OF COMMERCE (THAI)
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