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ABRI Member Bulletin ~ 25 January 2022

2022 – A year of battery recycling opportunities 

  1. 2022 – A year of battery recycling opportunities
  2. Help commercial businesses looking for battery recycling services through the ABRI website
  3. Contribute to Fire & Rescue NSW handheld, mixed battery testing program
  4. Upcoming events
    • ABRI AGM (Thursday 3 March)
    • BSC/ABRI engagement session re B-cycle implementation (Wednesday 2 February)
  5. BSC/ABRI engagement session (2 February) proposed agenda
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1. 2022 - A YEAR OF BATTERY RECYCLING OPPORTUNITIES

2022 represents a step change in battery recycling in Australia with commencement of B-cycle. To complement this initiative and continue to support you and your customers, ABRI is prioritising a range of activities to make it easier to do business and for customers to find you. Key activities for 2022 include:

  • Upcoming B-cycle launch – Australia’s battery product stewardship scheme
  • Issuing new guidelines and tools to support battery recycling activities
  • Collaborating with research and industry institutions including storEnergy and the Australian Battery Industry Association to deliver improved circular economy, product quality and safety outcomes as well as make life easier for members
  • Providing industry expertise and leadership to support the development of the national hazardous waste tracking system
  • Advocating for funding support for fire risk minimisation and development of best practice initiatives
  • Exploring solutions to support battery recycling in regional areas, particularly across northern Australia
  • Making it easier for business and households to find your products services for both commercial and households looking to recycle batteries

Please encourage others in the industry to grow ABRI and the battery recycling industry voice as we contribute to advancing Australia’s battery recycling capability and to Australia’s future billion dollar battery industry. Information on ABRI membership can be found on the ABRI website.

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2. HELP COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES LOOKING FOR BATTERY RECYCLING SERVICES THROUGH THE ABRI WEBSITE

The ABRI secretariat receives requests for information on commercial and household battery recycling services. To make it easier for businesses and households to find businesses in the battery recycling area, ABRI is updating its website to include information about your services on:

  • the types of customers you service – commercial, industrial, battery energy storage and transport (automotive, marine and recreational)
  • whether you participate in the Battery Stewardship Scheme

Katharine Hole, the ABRI CEO, will be in touch with each member about updating their website information over the coming weeks.

If you have any queries and/or would like to update your company’s information, please reach out to secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au.

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3. CONTRIBUTE TO FIRE & RESCUE NSW HANDHELD, MIXED BATTERY TESTING PROGRAM

As discussed in past member bulletins, ABRI and the BSC have been supporting Fire and Rescue NSW as they embark on their Safety of Alternative and Renewable Energy Technologies (SARET) Research Program, which seeks to better understand and manage incidents involving lithium-ion batteries, reducing their linkage to fires.

Fire & Rescue NSW is now scheduling tests on different compositions of portable, mixed batteries to understand impacts of fires on lithium-ion batteries. Testing is expected to take place in February.

Further information is available in this document – testing scenarios and request for collection containers and used batteries.

If you have queries, please contact ABRI CEO, Katharine Hole on 0488 216 750 or via email secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au.

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4. UPCOMING EVENTS

AGM –  1pm Thursday 3 March

The ABRI AGM will be held online on Thursday 3 March commencing at 1pm (Sydney). An email has been sent to members with the agenda, voting proxy form and background on processes for the meeting. If you have not received the inviation and information please contact secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au.

As much as the ABRI Executive Committee would have liked to meet with you face-to-face, in the current climate the AGM will be online only, short and focus on updating you on ABRI business and financial activities for 2021. If there are matters you would like to raise at the ABM, please reach out to me so that I can put them on the agenda and/or see that your queries are answered.

BSC/ABRI engagement session – 2pm Wednesday 2 February

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5. BSC/ABRI ENGAGEMENT SESSION (2 FEBRUARY) PROPOSED AGENDA

The next BSC/ABRI engagement session is proposed to focus on:

  1. B-cycle launch details
  2. Accreditation update
  3. Guidelines update
  4. Container protocols
  5. ABRI website updates to support finding battery recycling services
  6. Treatment of e-bike batteries
  7. Questions and feedback

A final agenda will be circulated prior to the meeting.

This will be the first engagement session for 2022 and further sessions will follow on a monthly basis unless otherwise required. If you are not already on the invite list and would like to join please email secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au.

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