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ABRI Member Bulletin – Year end actions & Merry Christmas!

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WE ARE FINISHING OFF THE YEAR WITH A FLURRY - & ARE SEEKING YOUR ACTION ON A NUMBER OF FRONTS!

In this Bulletin

1. Harmonisation 2020: Preparation for MEMS harmonisation submission
2. Save these dates for your 2020 Calendar
3. Become a BSC Initiator
4. House of Representatives Inquiry into Waste
5. December General Meeting Notes
6. September General Meeting Notes

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PREPARATION FOR HARMONISATION SUBMISSION FOR THE NEXT MEETING OF ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS

Following our successful meetings with the Hon Ministers Sussan Ley and Trevor Evans, ABRI is planning to prepare a submission to highlight the need for harmonisation across states and across chemistries for storage and transport of batteries at the end of their life.  The first step will be a 1 hour online working group meeting on January 29th to review the agenda for a full day workshop at the Breakfast Point Country Club open.  The Workshop will be open to all members to be held in Sydney on February 12th.   The working group will then meet at Ramcar the day following the workshop to prepare the draft submission and refine our key messages.

We would also be interested to invite other key industry players.  If you would like to invite someone from outside ABRI, please let us know so we can send them an invitation.

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP
CLICK TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKING GROUP
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SAVE THESE DATES FOR YOUR 2020 CALENDAR

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SEND IN YOUR INPUT TO THE REVISION OF THE AUSTRALIAN DANGEROUS GOODS CODE 7.7

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code is being updated to align with the United National model regulations.   The changes apply to new and used batteries and mostly affect lead acid and lithium batteries.

We will be preparing a submission in line with the information provided below, and would very much like your input to identify any other issues or opportunities with the changes.

As we communicated in the last newsletter, the deadline is December 31st, so this is your last chance to include input in the ABRI.  Please send us any suggestions by lunchtime this Thursday.

ABRI’s submission will include high levels recommendations for:

  • harmonisation of transport regulations internationally and requests that this pursuit also be applied to inter-jurisdictional implementation within Australia.   
  • a single point reporting for all ADG related transport
  • standardisation of language as interpreted by the states

On the lithium side a quick review indicates that there have been extensive updates to multiple parts of the ADG with regards to lithium batteries.  We are hoping that some of our more lithium focused members can provide us with feedback on the changes. Specifically Special Provisions 390 & 389 also Packaging Instructions P911 LP905 and LP906.

On the lead acid battery side, Ben and the Ramcar team have reviewed the draft changes in relation to packaging and transport of lead acid batteries under UN numbers 2794 and 2800.

General Placarding Requirements

  • The general placarding requirements have been changed with lead acid batteries new and used.
  • UN number 2794 falls under Table 5.3.e
  • UN number 2800 falls under Table 5.3.f

Special Provision AU08, relevant to UN No:2794

  • The amendment to this special provision will allow larger loads on lead acid batteries to be transported without placarding.
  • Up to 2,000 L of corrosive liquid can be carried without placarding.
  • An assumed 25% of gross weight of a lead acid battery is assumed to be corrosive liquid if precise volume is not known.

The positive result to industry is that as a rule of thumb 8,000kg of lead acid batteries wet or sealed or a mixture of both can be transported without placarding. Where the specifics of the acid quantities are known a larger weight may be possible. This is ultimately a doubling of capacity when compared to ADG 7.6.

UN No: 2794

  • Special Provisions
  • 295 – Unchanged
  • AU08 – Changed to industry advantage
  • Packaging Instruction
  • P801 – Changed – No significant change to industry

UN No: 2800

  • Special Provisions
  • 238 – Unchanged
  • Packaging Instructions
  • P003 – Unchanged
  • Special Packing Provisions
  • PP16 – Changed – with minimum expected impact on industry. Zero impact on Ramcar.

P801 Packing Instructions

Both ABRI and ABIA have worked together extensively on P801 this year. The version as proposed into ADG 7.7 is a direct import of the UN 21 P801 with no local adjustments as previously discussed. Taking the Government positions on the matter into consideration, we can see no reason to object to the proposed update  to the generic UN 21 P801 standard.

Ben has kindly extracted the relevant pages from the 1300+ document as a starting point for delving into this rather challenging document.

CLICK HERE FOR THE BATTERY EXTRACT
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE COMPLETE ADG 7.7
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BECOME A BSC INITIATOR

The Battery Stewardship Council has launched the final Scheme design.  At our General Meeting, ABRI unanimously agreed to support the proposed Scheme.  We have submitted a letter of support and provide a template which we encourage you to put on your letter head and submit to the Council to support its application to the ACCC in January.

CLICK TO GO THE BSC SCHEME DESIGN
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD A TEMPLATE FOR YOUR LETTERHEAD
CLICK TO READ ABRI'S LETTER OF SUPPORT
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The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, has asked the STANDING COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, SCIENCE AND RESOURCES to inquire into and report on innovative solutions in Australia’s waste management and recycling industries.

ABRI will be preparing a submission in January and would welcome input from members on issues to raise.

CLICK FOR THE INQUIRY PAGE
CLICK TO SEND ABRI YOUR PRIORITIES
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ABRI GENERAL MEETING NOTES ~ 3 DECEMBER 2019

Please review the December 3rd Meeting Notes and let us know if anything is missed or requires adjustment.

DOWNLOAD DECEMBER GM MEETING NOTES
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These meeting notes were uploaded after the meeting but were inadvertently not emailed out in time to enable approval at the December meeting.  Please review and let me know if you see any need for any additions or adjustment.  If I receive no comments by mid January these will be taken as approved.

DOWNLOAD THE SEPTEMBER GM MEETING NOTES
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