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ABRI Member 2020 Bulletin ~ January

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IN THIS BULLETIN

1. Join us in Sydney to address dis-harmonisation in battery storage and transport
2. Save these dates for your 2020 Calendar
3. ABRI submission on the Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7.7
4. Become a BSC Initiator
5. House of Representatives Inquiry into Waste
6. International Battery Recycling Congress – ABRI Patronage
7. International Battery Recycling Congress Call for Papers due January 31st
8. Outcomes of CSIRO Circular Economy workshop 

 

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JOIN US IN SYDNEY TO IDENTIFY CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR HARMONISATION STRATEGY

Following our successful meetings with the Hon Ministers Sussan Ley and Trevor Evans, ABRI is planning to prepare a submission with recommendations for achieving harmonisation across states and across chemistries for storage and transport of batteries at the end of their life.   In preparation ABRI plans to develop a strategic approach to inform the process.  This will involve:

  • An optional 1 hour online working group meeting on January 29th to refine the agenda for a full day workshop.
  • A full day workshop at the Breakfast Point Country Club to be held in Sydney on February 11th.
  • An optional 1 day follow-up meeting at Ramcar in Sydney on February 12th to prepare the draft submission and refine our key messages.
CLICK TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP
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COAG SEEKING INPUT ON PHASING OUT CERTAIN WASTE EXPORTS

On 9 August 2019 at the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), Australia’s First Ministers agreed Australia should establish a timetable to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres, while building Australia’s capacity to generate high value recycled commodities and associated demand.

While batteries are not part of this immediate agenda, ABRI will be submitting a short submission to ensure that we convey our key messages regarding export.  Primary that ABRI supports onshore recycling where there is capacity and variable markets for the materials.

ABRI members are encouraged to submit their own perspectives to the government and to let us know if there are any pressing issues they would like us to convey in our submission.  Feedback to ABRI will be needed by January 28th in order for us to prepare our submission.

DOWNLOAD COAG STATEMENT
CLICK TO REGISTER FOR THE WORKING GROUP
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SAVE THESE DATES FOR YOUR 2020 CALENDAR

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ABRI SUBMISSION ON THE AUSTRALIAN DANGEROUS GOODS CODE 7.7

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code is being updated to align with the United National model regulations.  ABRI provided a submission including high level 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
DOWNLOAD SUBMISSION
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. BSC has requested that letters of support be provided by 24th of 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
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INTERNATIONAL BATTERY RECYCLING CONGRESS - ABRI PATRONAGE

ABRI is pleased to support the International Battery Recycling Congress by becoming a Patron for the 2020 event in Salzburg.

ICBR WEBSITE
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INTERNATIONAL BATTERY RECYCLING CONGRESS CALL FOR PAPERS DUE JANUARY 31ST

This year the five topics to be discussed at the Congress include:

• Innovation in Emerging Battery Recycling Technologies on a Global Basis
• Battery Materials in a Circular Economy
• International Perspectives on Extended Producer Responsibility
• The EU Batteries Directive Review
• Lithium Batteries Transport and Safety

It would be fantastic to have some Australian representation as speakers 2020!

CLICK TO GO TO THE CALL FOR PAPERS
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OUTCOMES OF CSIRO CIRCULAR ECONOMY WORKSHOP

In December ABRI attended a workshop facilitated by Think Place on behalf of CSIRO to “explore how we might catalyse a national dialogue on the circular economy to drive awareness, policy development, investment and partnerships to close the gaps. The aim was to identify key opportunities and intervention points to facilitate a circular economy transition through policy, partnership and investment and supported by scientific innovation.”  The Executive Summary is provided for members on the Members Only area on the ABRI website.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
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