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ABRI Member Bulletin ~ 27 June 2022

  1. Queensland ULAB storage levels reinstated to not more than 45t or 3000 intact or partly disassembled batteries
  2. NSW EPA Circular Solar Grants awarded to two lithium battery recycling projects
  3. Reminder – the step change in the Australian battery recycling industry – ABRI Members’ Meeting – 29 June – Sydney
  4. Join the ABRI Executive Committee and help drive ABRI’s strategic direction
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1. QUEENSLAND ULAB STORAGE LEVELS REINSTATED TO NOT MORE THAN 45T OR 3000 INTACT OR PARTLY DISASSEMBLED BATTERIES

The Queensland Government has informed ABRI that it has reinstated the amount of ULAB that can be stored at any one time, without an environmental authority, from 4t to not more than 45t or 3000 intact or partly disassembled batteries. These changes came into effect on the date the regulation was made (24 June 2022).

The Regulation can be found at WRROLA Reg 2022 (Clause 4, page 3 contains the relevant section). The amended section of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2019 (ppg 211-213) is:

62 Resource recovery and transfer facility operation

(1) Resource recovery and transfer facility operation (the relevant activity) consists of operating a facility for—

(a) receiving and sorting, dismantling or baling waste; or

(b) receiving and temporarily storing waste before it is moved to a waste facility.

(2) The relevant activity does not include—

(a) in-transit storing of waste; or

(b) a local government operating a facility that receives a total quantity of not more than 11,000t or 11,000m3 of waste in a year; or

(c) sorting and storing waste, generated by or because of a disaster situation, during the period of, and in the

declared area for, the disaster situation; or

(d) storing waste, for not more than 28 days, in accordance with an accredited product stewardship scheme; or

(e) storing clinical waste consisting only of sharps in sharps containers that comply with AS 4031 or AS/NZS 4261; or

(f) storing chemically-treated power poles; or

(g) operating a container refund point under the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011, chapter 4, part 3B; or

(h) sorting or storing—

(i) a total quantity of no more than 6t or 6m3 of general waste at any one time; or

(ii) a total quantity of no more than 4t or 4m3 of category 2 regulated waste, other than intact or partly disassembled lead acid batteries, at any one time; or

(iii) a total quantity of no more than 45t of, or 3,000, intact or partly disassembled lead acid batteries at any one time; or

(iv) a total quantity of no more than 1t or 1m3 of category 1 regulated waste at any one time; or

The Queensland Department of Environment and Science has asked you to note that the 28 days storage under (d) does not apply as the amendments are not time-bound but are linked to quantity. As the amendments are also linked to a waste-related activity there was no need to reference ‘used’ lead acid batteries so the changes will not impact on the storage of new batteries.

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2. NSW EPA CIRCULAR SOLAR GRANTS AWARDED TO TWO LITHIUM BATTERY RECYCLING PROJECTS

The NSW Minister for Environment has announced five projects under the Circular Solar funding program round two. This includes two Sydney based battery recycling facilities:

  • PV Industries is receiving $2.3 million to scale-up its solar panel recycling technology and build a new solar panel and battery recycling facility in the Bankstown area, which will process up to 8,000 tonnes per year.
  • Tes-Amm Australia is receiving $1.9 million to construct a new lithium-ion battery recycling facility in the Fairfield area, processing up to 800 tonnes per year of lithium-ion batteries from solar panel systems.
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3. THE STEP CHANGE IN THE AUSTRALIAN BATTERY RECYCLING INDUSTRY - ABRI MEMBERS' MEETING - 29 JUNE - SYDNEY

A reminder that the next ABRI member’s meeting is this Wednesday 29 June. The meeting will focus on the step change underway in the expansion of the Australian battery recycling industry, followed by an opportunity to chat with other ABRI members over drinks and canapes. The agenda is provided below.

For those of you are unable to make the trip to Sydney, ABRI will zoom the formal proceedings. The zoom link can be found here. The dial in details are:

+61 8 7150 1149 Australia
+61 2 8015 6011 Australia
+61 3 7018 2005 Australia
+61 7 3185 3730 Australia
+61 8 6119 3900 Australia
Meeting ID: 608 378 4801
Passcode: 555862

Battery recycling is an Australia-wide industry so we will look to hold other events around the country.

Time Agenda
4.30 pm Welcome and introduction (Ben Pritchard, ABRI President and National ULAB Manager, Ramcar Australia and New Zealand)
4.35 pm Keynote: Volvo Buses: the journey to clean transport and the implications for the battery circular economy – Cristina Cortese, Sustainability and Energy Business Manager, Volvo Buses
4.50 pm Panel discussion on opportunities in a rapidly growing and diversifying sector and how the battery recycling industry can position itself for the future. Panel:

  • Mr Shannon O’Rouke, CEO, Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC)
  • Mr Nick Florin, Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), University of Technology Sydney
  • Ms Rose Webb, Chair, ANZSOG National Regulators Community of Practice National Committee
5.25 pm Wrap Up (Ben Pritchard, ABRI President and National ULAB Manager, Ramcar Australia and New Zealand)
5.30-7.30 pm Networking drinks

If you have not received an invite to this event, please email the ABRI secretariat at secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au

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4. JOIN THE ABRI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND HELP DRIVE ABRI'S STRATEGIC DIRECTION

The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) is a member-driven, CEO-led, not-for-profit organisation governed by an Executive Committee consisting of ABRI members.

The Executive Committee’s responsibilities:

  1. the provision of strategic direction to promote responsible environmental management of batteries at end of life; and
  2. ABRI governance.

Committee positions are voluntary and the Committee meets approximately 6-8 times per year. The office bearing positions, President, Vice President and Treasurer must be representatives of Corporate Members.

The ABRI Executive Committee is looking for a Treasurer

Following the resignation of the ABRI Treasurer, Chris Tangey, due to business commitments, the Executive Committee is looking to direct appoint a new member to fill this casual vacancy until the annual general meeting (March 2023).

The Treasurer’s role is one of oversight and governance supported by the CEO, who performs the day-to-day functions. The key duties of Treasurer are:

  • Reporting at the AGM and as required to relevant regulatory authorities;
  • Making financial documents available for member inspection; and
  • Performing duties as requested by the President.

To apply, please provide a copy of your CV to the secretariat secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au

Current Executive Committee members can be found here.

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