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ABRI March 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.

 

March news contents

 

  1. ABRI Webinar – Mixed Battery Packing guidelines ADG code 7.7
  2. Battery Stewardship Council is hiring – Director of Best Practice
  3. Sustainability Victoria: New funding to increase Victoria’s recycling capacity and capability
  4. ‘Greener’ battery gaining global attention
  5. Singapore battery plant can extract metals with 99% purity
  6. Have you thought about becoming an ABRI member?
  7. US battery collection rises 11% during coronavirus crisis
  8. Smart app to boost e-scrap collection from Jakarta to Singapore
  9. Will European battery recyclers dethrone Chinese competitors?
  10. Multi-million metal waste fraud gang busted
  11. Metal lessons
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ABRI WEBINAR - MIXED BATTERY PACKING GUIDELINES ADG CODE 7.7

The final ABRI webinar ‘Implementing new packing instructions for road transport of mixed loads of batteries’  will be held 14 April 2021, see details below.

Dates: Wednesday 14 April

Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm (AEDT)

Cost: $95.00 +GST for non-members or $75.00 +GST for ABRI or NWRIC partner 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. ABRI is partnering with the National Waste & Recycling Industry Council for this webinar.

This webinar 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
  • Things 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. A certificate of attendance will be provided after the event.

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BATTERY STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL IS HIRING - DIRECTOR OF BEST PRACTICE

The Battery Stewardship Council is seeking a creative and dynamic leader to take the lead in delivering the strategic vision as the Director of Best Practice – Environmental Stewardship.

This exciting opportunity to lead sustainable change includes partnership development, operational design and development of supporting infrastructure for the new scheme.

BSC is looking for a big picture thinker and a hands-on implementer who will engage with BSC team, members, government, and the wider industry to ensure the Scheme evolves and operates in an exceptional manner.

This is a full time, salaried permanent role, operating in a remote virtual environment.

For more information and key selection criteria, click the link below to download the Position Description.

Applications close 12 April 2021

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NEW FUNDING TO INCREASE VICTORIA'S RECYCLING CAPACITY AND CAPABILITY

The Australian and Victorian governments are releasing new funding to support Victoria’s transition to a circular economy by partnering with organisations to deliver new and upgraded recycling infrastructure and increase Victoria’s capacity to recover high quality materials.

Materials recycling infrastructure opportunities

Two funding opportunities are now open: Recycling Victoria – Recycling Modernisation Fund and Recycling Victoria Infrastructure Fund – Materials.

Businesses (including international), not-for-profit organisations and local government are encouraged to apply.

Applications

Only one application is required to apply for both funding opportunities. Sustainability Victoria will determine which fund projects are eligible for and assessed under, in consultation with the Australian Government.

Applications close: 11:59 pm, Friday 7 May 2021.

Get your questions answered and learn about the materials recycling infrastructure funding opportunities at an online information session on Thursday, 1 April 2021 10am – 11am.

At this session you will:

  • learn about the two funds
  • be provided with an overview of available funding and application criteria
  • have the opportunity to ask questions about the funding

 

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'GREENER' BATTERY GAINING GLOBAL ATTENTION

Safety, high performance, low cost and reduced environmental impact are attributes battery manufacturers strive to deliver. But … analysis of the supply chain reveals systems that are far from ideal. Transitions from sector to sector – mines to concentrates, concentrates to chemicals and chemicals to batteries (not to mention recycling to begin the process again) – are cumbersome to say the least.

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SINGAPORE BATTERY PLANT CAN EXTRACT METALS WITH 99% PURITY

Electronics recycler TES has opened a new battery recycling facility capable of treating 14 tonnes of lithium-ion batteries in Tues, Singapore.

The EUR 18.6 million (US$ 22 million) company expansion is part of a major investment in two facilities, the other which has been constructed in Grenoble, France.

The new site is able to recover more than 90% of precious metals from lithium-ion batteries for reuse in battery production; lithium and cobalt can be extracted with a 99% purity. TES CEO Gary Steele says the facility will process no less than 280 000 smartphone batteries on a daily basis.

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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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US BATTERY COLLECTION RISES 11% DURING CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Call2Recycle collected a record 3 700 tonnes of used batteries for recycling in the US in 2020, an unexpected bonus in a year that saw many industries nose-dive. Another record was primary battery collections increasing 77%. Linda Gabor, executive vice president of external relations, looks back on a rocky but interesting year.

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SMART APP TO BOOST E-SCRAP COLLECTION FROM JAKARTA TO SINGAPORE

Advanced communications technology is forming the base of new and promising initiatives to tackle fast growing volumes of electronic scrap across south-east Asia.
As previously reported by Recycling International, Singapore’s National Environment Agency has contracted Alba Group to roll out an extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme for the city state. The scheme will be launched this July and run until the summer of 2026 in a bid to tackle the estimated 60 000 tonnes of post-consumer electronics waste generated across Singapore every year. A deposit refund system for packaging has also been unveiled.

The collection infrastructure consists of containers, temporary collection points at weekends, take-back system at retailers and a fee-based collection service. Alba is already operating similar EPR schemes in Germany and Hong Kong.

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WILL EUROPEAN BATTERY RECYCLERS DETHRONE CHINESE COMPETITORS?

Battery recycling in Europe will become ‘widely profitable’ by 2025, new data by Nomura Research Institute (NRI) suggests.

While China leads the sector, Europe is making serious strides forward to catch up. NRI estimates the cost of recycling batteries in Europe in 2020 to be EUR 51 per kilowatt-hour while in China it was around EUR 26/kWh. Revenue generated from the sale of recycled material was EUR 35/kWh in both Europe and China.

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MULTI-MILLION METAL WASTE FRAUD GANG BUSTED

Fifteen people have been arrested in Italy and Slovakia for the illegal trafficking of metal waste, money laundering and fake invoices and documents in a fraud case that led to estimated illegal profits of at least EUR 130 million.

The arrests were coordinated by the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice (Eurojust). ‘Sixty places were searched and computer equipment, electronic devices and documents have been seized,’ the agency reports on its website.

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METAL LESSONS

The global pandemic has rewritten the market playbook for the recycling industry in 2020.

While the “COVID-19 effect” has touched all recyclables, the aluminium and copper markets are prime examples of the significant market factors at play and the profound uncertainty and challenges recyclers face going forward.

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