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ABRI Member Bulletin ~ 2 June 2021

Members Bulletin – upcoming events and regulatory developments

  1. Members discussion forum and meeting (23 June)
  2. Vic EPA workshop (8 June) on waste management and transport under the new environmental regulations
  3. Vic EPA presentation on battery recycling guidance – details coming shortly
  4. ACCC Guide on the application of mandatory safety and information standards for button batteries and consumer goods containing them
  5. Qld Department of Environment and Science consultation workshops on guidelines concerning prevention of fires in waste stockpiles –  Rockhampton (3 June), Bundaberg (4 June) and Ipswich (11 June)
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1. ABRI MEMBERS DISCUSSION FORUM AND MEMBERS BRIEFING (23 JUNE)

You should have received an invite to the next ABRI Members discussion forum and briefing on 23 June.

You will need to register via the zoom link in the invite.

Key agenda items include presentations from:

  • Energy Renaissance on the development of a lithium ion battery factor in Newcastle
  • Update from the Battery Stewardship Council on program status
  • Commonwealth update on ewaste policy and stewardship
  • NSW Government next steps in the establishment of a critical minerals and battery recycling precinct in Parkes
  • ABRI prirorities for the reaminder of 2021

Should you wish to provide feedback/input on the agenda or topics of interest please contact Katharine Hole, CEO, ABRI via the secretariat email secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au

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2. VICTORIAN EPA WORKSHOP ON WASTE MANAGEMENT AND TRANSPORT UNDER THE NEW ENVIRONMENTAL RULES

The Victorian EPA is hosting a webinar on 8 June 2021 for anyone who produces, transports or receives waste in Victoria. Topics that will be discussed include waste permissions and the waste tracker system, how to classify and manage waste, and the new waste duties. The registration link is below and ABRI encourages its members and stakeholders to submit questions to the EPA in advance via the registration link.

LINK TO REGISTRATION FOR VIC EPA WORKSHOP ON WASTE MANAGMENT AND TRANSPORT
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3. VIC EPA GUIDANCE ON BATTERY RECYCLING - UPCOMING PRESENTATION

The Vic EPA Industry Guidance Unit is expected to shortly finalise guidance on battery recycling  that assists in the process of identifying hazards and risk control measures. ABRI is working with the Vic EPA to set up a presentation on this guidance. Further details will be provided as soon as the details are finalised.

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4. ACCC GUIDANCE ON THE APPLICATION OF MANDATORY STANDARDS FOR BUTTON BATTERY SAFETY

The ACCC has developed A Guide for Business on the Application of Mandatory StandardsThe purpose of this guide is to assist suppliers in understanding the requirements for secure battery compartments, child resistant packaging, and warnings and information.

The ACCC has also developed a fact sheet which summarises the requirements of the new standards for the benefit of suppliers.

The ACCC is encouraging suppliers to comply with the new requirements as soon as possible, given the risk of harm associated with button/coin batteries and consumer goods containing button/coin batteries is fully understood and documented. The ACCC is encouraging businesses to ensure buying arrangements they are entering into now position them to have only compliant stock available for supply in the future. Selling any non-compliant stock on or after 22 June 2022 may result in penalties being applied.

The Product Safety Australia website also provides background on the ACCC’s safety investigation into button batteries, as well as other information on button battery safety.

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5. QLD CONSULTATION ON GUIDELINES ABOUT PREVENTION OF FIRES IN WASTE STOCKPILES

Last year the Qld Department of Environment and Science released guidance on reducing risk at waste and recycling facilities and announced a partnership with Waste Recycling Industry Queensland WRIQ to tackle these challenges.

To support consultation on these guidelines, WRIQ is facilitating sessions with the Department. Consultation is seeking your feedback on the guidance and to inform upcoming initiatives aimed at reducing fire risk and compliance activity.

You can read more about these sessions here: WRIQ Prevention of Fires in Waste Stockpiles Consultation Workshops, South Brisbane, 20th of May | Humanitix

The remaining regional sessions are taking place this Thursday 3 June (Rockhampton) and Friday 4 June (Bundaberg) with the last session scheduled for Friday 11 June (Ipswich).

These sessions are open to WRIQ members and Non-Members and should be attended by private sector operators, local councils and consultants working in the waste and recycling sector.

LINK TO REGISTRATION FOR QLD CONSULTATION

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