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Member Bulletin ~ 17 August 2020

In this Bulletin

  1. Critical Funding Drive
  2. Request for your letter of support for our NPSIF Grant Application
  3. Webinar: “Implementing new packing instructions for transporting mixed loads of batteries: Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7.7”
  4. Update of ABRI Guidelines
  5. ACCC Survey – Request for information on cost impacts of proposed button battery safety regulatory options
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CRITICAL FUNDING DRIVE

ABRI is working hard to secure funding for our continued operations by applying for grants for strategic projects, as well as updating our guidelines and webinars to ensure industry is up to date with changes to the ADG and to reflect best practice approaches.  For the first time we are also seeking sponsorship for naming rights of our guidelines.   Your support in any of these efforts would be greatly appreciated and will ensure that the valuable work ABRI does can continue and grow.  Read on to hear more about it.

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REQUEST FOR YOUR LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR OUR NPSIF GRANT APPLICATION

ABRI is applying for funding under the National Product Stewardship Investment Fund (NPSIF) for two projects: [1] Commercialise a safe home battery storage container.   Building on a previous ABRI project led by ISF which resulted in three prototypes, ABRI aims to commercialise 1 or 2 small child resistant storage containers to safely contain batteries prior to disposal or recycling to ensure that people who store batteries at home, including button batteries, do so in a safe manner.  [2] Expand the knowledge base: This project will improve awareness and implementation of safe battery storage, packing, transport and processing.  It will a) map the fate of Australian batteries b) identify requirements and best practices in here and internationally; and c) develop a Battery Safety & Compliance Web Portal, Advisory Service, & supporting tools.

We would very much appreciate your support in this application.  Please send us a letter of support using the attached template.   If there is a particular aspect of the work you would like to participate in, please indicate your interest in the letter.  Thank you!

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WEBINAR: "IMPLEMENTING NEW PACKING INSTRUCTIONS FOR TRANSPORTING MIXED LOADS OF BATTERIES: AUSTRALIAN DANGEROUS GOODS CODE 7.7"

ABRI is excited to be offering a new initiative to increase awareness of battery safety.    This webinar offers practical guidance on topics such as general safety, fire preparedness and response, compliant containers, packing requirements, labelling and how to deal with damaged and defective batteries.   We are pleased to announce that the National Transport Commission has provided input to the content and will be co-presenting the information.    We are also seeking an indication of input and support from the Competent Authorities Panel, however this is pending.

The webinar  will be offered to members for $75 and non-members for $95.  We are also  seeking named sponsorship for the Webinar.   Sponsorship being sort is in the order of $5,000 and will include named sponsorship on title pages throughout the Webinar “Brought to you by…” and named sponsorship including logos as indicated on all website and all electronic promotions of the webinar.

We expect the webinar will have a wide audience as we will be targeting local government, general waste and recycling collection companies, collection points, and aggregation points as well as the battery recycling sector.

 

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UPDATE OF ABRI GUIDELINES

Over the past few months ABRI has been updating its guidelines to ensure industry is up to date with changes to the ADG due for implementation as of October 1st and to reflect best practice approaches.   For the first time ever ABRI is seeking named sponsorship for our Guidelines. Sponsorship is proposed for a period of two years for the minimum investment of $5,000 for each Guideline.

Sponsors will be entitled to named sponsorship on every page of the Guideline “Brought to you by…” and named sponsorship including logos as indicated on all website and all electronic distributions of the Guideline.

This is a limited offer as we are soon to publish the guidelines.  Sponsors will be accepted on a first in basis so please reach out quickly if this opportunity is of interest.

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GUIDELINES: PACKING & SAFE TRANSPORT OF USED LEAD ACID BATTERIES

Is your business focused on transport or processing used lead acid batteries?   If the answer is yes, we are offering exclusive offer to gain high visibility to your customer base.

ABRI is currently finalising an update to the Used Lead Acid Battery Guideline to ensure it is updated to the revised Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7.7, which was released in July and comes into play October 1st 2020.

The ABRI ULAB Packaging Guidelines are broadly adopted throughout the industry and are widely accepted as “the standard” used for the transport of ULAB around Australia. The Guidelines receive wide distribution via the ABRI website and redistribution by ABRI members to many ULAB recycling points, scrap yards, and local government collection points.

EMAIL ABRI WITH SUBJECT LINE ULAB BATTERIES SPONSORSHIP
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GUIDELINES: PACKING & SAFE TRANSPORT OF MIXED BATTERIES

Storage and transport of mixed batteries is emerging as a key risk management issues for many organisations.  If your business is involved with collecting, transporting or processing loads of mixed batteries, we are offering exclusive offer to gain high visibility to your customer base.

ABRI is currently finalising an update to the Packing & safe transport of mixed batteries Guideline to ensure it is updated to the revised Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7.7, which was released in July and comes into play October 1st 2020.

The ABRI Mixed batteries Guidelines are broadly adopted throughout the industry and are widely accepted as “the standard” used for the transport of mixed loads of batteries around Australia. The Guidelines receive wide distribution via the ABRI website and redistribution by ABRI members to many drop off, aggregation and recycling points, as well as local government collection points.

 

EMAIL ABRI WITH SUBJECT LINE MIXED BATTERIES SPONSORSHIP
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GUIDELINES: SAFE & RESPONSIBLE USE & DISPOSAL OF BUTTON BATTERIES

Are button batteries important to your business?   If the answer is yes, you might wish to take us up on this exclusive offer.    Button battery safety is an issue of critical importance to this industry and there is an imperative to improve awareness of the risk to children from ingestion and also fire risks for consumer and industry.    The Button Battery Guidelines which have been designed to cover both safe use and safe end of life management of button batteries receive wide distribution via the ABRI website and other communications.

EMAIL ABRI WITH SUBJECT LINE BUTTON BATTERY SPONSORSHIP
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ACCC SURVEY - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON COST IMPACTS OF PROPOSED BUTTON BATTERY SAFETY REGULATORY OPTIONS

On 19 March 2020 the ACCC issued a consultation paper that outlined regulatory options to address button battery safety. Stakeholder feedback indicated that the proposed regulatory options would result in significant costs for industry.

In response to stakeholder feedback, the ACCC has modified certain proposed requirements.

The ACCC is seeking information from industry stakeholders on the costs associated with implementing a revised set of requirements to address button battery safety.

There are two surveys:
(1) For suppliers of products that use/contain button or coin cell batteries: Button battery safety – Cost for suppliers of products that use/contain button or coin cell batteries

(2) For suppliers of button or coin cell batteries (sold separately): Button battery safety – Costs for suppliers of button or coin cell batteries (sold separately)

Please complete the survey relevant to your business (or both surveys where applicable).

The information received in response to these surveys will be used to evaluate the costs and benefits of proposed mandatory regulation to address button battery safety.

Details of the revised set of requirements to address button battery safety are provided in each survey. Some of the key modifications to the proposed requirements include:

  • allowing two independent and simultaneous movements for battery compartment access
  • allowing a coin to be used as a tool for battery compartment acces
  • internationally recognised warning symbols (instead of Australian specific warnings)
  • child-resistant packaging not required for non-lithium batteries below 16mm diameter

The surveys close for responses on Wednesday 6 September 2020.

SURVEY FOR SUPPLIERS OF PRODUCTS THAT USE/CONTAIN BUTTON OR COIN CELL BATTERIES
SURVEY FOR SUPPLIERS OF BUTTON OR COIN CELL BATTERIES (SOLD SEPARATELY)
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