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ABRI April News

Keeping you up-to-date on battery news in Australia and around the world.  Scroll down and click on the ‘read more’ buttons to go to the full news stories.

 

April news contents

  1. Neometals Announcement – Successful completion of lithium battery recycling pilot
  2. Lithium Australia granted patent for revolutionary lithium extraction technology
  3. NSW government releases COVID-19 guidance for waste and recycling industry
  4. Australian exporters could have access to $50m in financial support
  5. Circulate, NSW Industrial Ecology Program
  6. Malaysian and Australian governments partner to stop illegal shipment of used lead-acid batteries
  7. AWRE 2020 will now take place this November
  8. Have you thought about becoming an ABRI member?
  9. The postponement of Victoria’s new environment protection laws
  10. Health officials say PPE and proper cleaning are critical
  11. Why zero-emission lithium batteries are essential to the future of electric cars
  12. Federal loans a ‘godsend’ for companies that secure them
  13. Johan van Peperzeel: ‘We will come out of this stronger’
  14. MOU for Li-Ion Battery Recycling Tech Between American Manganese Voltabox of Texas
  15. COVID-19: the picture in your part of the world
  16. Mineral Commodity Summaries 2020
  17. Ferrous scrap outlook: Fears justified as virus goes worldwide
  18. Non-ferrous scrap outlook: Pandemic throws markets into confusion
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NEOMETALS ANNOUNCEMENT - SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF LITHIUM BATTERY RECYCLING PILOT

Project development company, Neometals Ltd is pleased to announce the successful completion of its pilot plant test-work on the Companies proprietary lithium-ion battery recycling technology.

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LITHIUM AUSTRALIA GRANTED PATENT FOR REVOLUTIONARY LITHIUM EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGY

In an overcrowded world hungry for commodities, sustainability is not just a key issue for the mining and processing industries, it’s a core responsibility.

Why does society tolerate profligate waste – even the device on which this is being read is not ‘sustainable’ – and what can be done about it?

Lithium Australia has some ideas.

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NSW GOVERNMENT RELEASES COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR WASTE AND RECYCLING INDUSTRY

The NSW Government is working closely with the waste and recycling industry and councils to ensure critical waste services continue.

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AUSTRALIAN EXPORTERS COULD HAVE ACCESS TO $50M IN FINANCIAL SUPPORT

The Australian government has announced a new financial support loan to help Australian exporters bounce back.

Australian exporters impacted by the COVID-19 crisis will now have access to business-saving loans between $250,000 and $50 million under a new $500 million capital facility to be administered by Export Finance Australia.

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CIRCULATE, NSW INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY PROGRAM

Circulate is a six-year, $5.46 million program designed to fund innovative, commercially oriented industrial ecology projects. Circulate supports projects that will recover materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill, and to instead use them as feedstock for other commercial, industrial or construction processes.

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MALAYSIAN AND AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS PARTNER TO STOP ILLEGAL SHIPMENT OF USED LEAD-ACID BATTERIES

The Malaysian government foiled an attempt to illegally ship five containers of used lead-acid batteries through the country’s largest port on March 30.

The country’s Ministry of the Environment (CASA) through the Department of the Environment (DOE) said it had stopped the cargo in Port Klang following information shared by the Australian government.

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AWRE 2020 WILL NOW TAKE PLACE THIS NOVEMBER

Following the recent postponement of AWRE 2020 due to the Government legislation on social distancing and travel restrictions, and after many weeks of talking to the industry and consulting with partners, the AWRE will now take place 25 – 26 November 2020 at the ICC Sydney.

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HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT BECOMING AN ABRI MEMBER?

ABRI members are actively involved at the forefront of developments in industry and government to address the rapid expansion in the market and ensure that solutions to battery stewardship are practical and far reaching. Together, we influence policy, participate in research, facilitate trials and develop best practices to ensure that battery handling and recovery options are safe, efficient and business friendly. Our members represent the entire supply chain – importers, retailers, energy providers, recyclers, as well as government and research. We rely on member support to provide the latest information, events, best practices and industry trends. If your organisation finds these activities relevant, now is a good time to become involved.

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THE POSTPONEMENT OF VICTORIA'S NEW ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION LAWS

New environment protection laws were scheduled to come into effect in Victoria on 1 July 2020 – laws that apply to all Victorians and all businesses trading in Victoria. The Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018 (the Act) will transform Victoria’s environment protection laws and Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA).

The Victorian Government has announced the Act’s intended commencement has been postponed and is now intended to commence on 1 July 2021. This change is to ease the burden on business and industry as they address the impacts of the current circumstances.

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HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY PPE AND PROPER CLEANING ARE CRITICAL

Occupational safety experts recently laid out the steps that are the most effective for preventing the spread of COVID-19 within waste and recycling operations.

They also noted that despite the fact the new coronavirus can live on surfaces for varying lengths of time, handling recyclables poses little risk for transmission. Human contact is the largest factor in the disease spreading, making workplace operational changes key in combatting the pandemic.

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WHY ZERO-EMISSION LITHIUM BATTERIES ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE FUTURE OF ELECTRIC CARS

Carbon reduction is critical, and this one company is about to make electric cars even greener.

Electric cars are a hot-ticket item. There are more than 5m on the road worldwide, and in 2018, the number of new electric cars sold almost doubled from the year before. These days there’s an option for every driver, from zippy city cars to high-end luxury models.

The global shift towards cleaner fuels, and the declining cost of energy storage systems, have led to a growing demand, too, for the material that powers these cars: lithium hydroxide.

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FEDERAL LOANS A ‘GODSEND’ FOR COMPANIES THAT SECURE THEM

Electronics recycling firms and other processors across the country are looking to a federal assistance program to help them overcome cash-flow problems sparked by the coronavirus. Some have been successful, but others are running into banking complexities and tapped-out funding.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was launched this month by the federal Small Business Administration, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was approved by Congress in March.

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JOHAN VAN PEPERZEEL: ‘WE WILL COME OUT OF THIS STRONGER’

The coronavirus crisis is affecting the lives and businesses of many in the global recycling scene. ‘In these challenging times, solid long term relationships are what really matters,’ says Johan van Peperzeel, owner of battery recycling firm Van Peperzeel in the Netherlands.

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MOU FOR LI-ION BATTERY RECYCLING TECH BETWEEN AMERICAN MANGANESE VOLTABOX OF TEXAS

Canadian Lithium-Ion battery recycling technology developer, American Manganese (AMY), has signed of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Voltabox of Texas Inc. a subsidiary of German Li-ion-based battery systems manufacturer, Voltabox AG, outlining a proposed business relationship to provide end-of-life lithium-ion batteries for commercial-scale recycling of cathode materials using AMY’s RecycLiCoTM patented process.

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COVID-19: THE PICTURE IN YOUR PART OF THE WORLD

The Bureau of international Recycling has released its latest snapshot of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on recyclers globally. The report has been compiled by BIR ambassadors, prominent members of the bureau who represent its activities around the world.

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MINERAL COMMODITY SUMMARIES 2020

Each chapter of the 2020 edition of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Mineral Commodity Summaries (MCS) includes information on events, trends, and issues for each mineral commodity as well as discussions and tabular presentations on domestic industry structure, Government programs, tariffs, 5-year salient statistics, and world production and resources. The MCS is the earliest comprehensive source of 2019 mineral production data for the world. More than 90 individual minerals and materials are covered by two-page synopses.

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FERROUS SCRAP OUTLOOK: FEARS JUSTIFIED AS VIRUS GOES WORLDWIDE

The march of the coronavirus around the world results in expected shock to global commerce. Sims and EMR have stopped collections of metal scrap from third parties in the UK and many facilities in the US were also closed down for now.

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NON-FERROUS SCRAP OUTLOOK: PANDEMIC THROWS MARKETS INTO CONFUSION

Traditional supply and demand is disrupted as industrial production falls across the world and traders assess ‘new normal’.

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