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Member Bulletin ~ 28 August

Contents

  1. Revision of AS 5377 Management of EEE for re-use or recycling open for comment
  2. ABRI Guidelines sponsorship opportunities
  3. ACCC Button Battery Survey
  4. $10 million grants for NSW solar panel and battery storage
  5. Clean Australia CRC Business Case

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REVISION OF AS 5377 MANAGEMENT OF EEE FOR RE-USE OR RECYCLING NOW OPEN FOR COMMENT

The draft standard AS 5377 – ‘Management of electrical and electronic equipment for re-use or recycling’ is now open for public comment.  The revision is significant and addresses end-of-life management of batteries to a larger degree.

Should you wish to comment on this draft, you will need to create an account which you will be prompted to do when downloading the draft from the Standards Australia website, which can be accessed via the button below.  Please note when commenting, it is suggested not to make any unnecessary changes to the template other than the addition of the comments and population of the relevant columns as the upload tool is very particular and will return with errors if there are any inconsistencies.

There is a legend on the template as well as some helpful information and organisations can choose to submit all their comments together, or members can submit them individually. There is also a link to a ‘Public Commenting Guide’ on the site which can also assist when commenting.

The draft is open for public comment until 20/10/2020 23:59

 

CLICK TO COMMENT ON DRAFT AS 5377
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ABRI GUIDELINES SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

ABRI’s request for Guidelines sponsors is progressing well but there is still an opportunity for you to join in.

These guidelines receive widespread distribution across industry and local government.  Sponsorship of $5,000 is requested and in return sponsors receive their logo and website prominently displayed on the front page of the guidelines for a two year period.   Sponsor logos also appear when ABRI promotes the guidelines in our newsletter, in webinars and on the website.

Safe Packing and Transport of Mixed Batteries

Sponsors to date: Envirostream and ReSource

Safe Packing and Transport of Used Lead Acid Batteries

Sponsors to date: DGL Environmental

Safe Use and Disposal of Button Batteries

Sponsors to date: EcoBatt

Thank you to DGL, EcoBatt, Envirostream, and ReSource.

Please consider supporting this important effort!  Sponsorship is essential to ABRI’s ability to provide ongoing industry services at a time when they are most needed.

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ACCC BUTTON BATTERY SURVEY

ACCC survey - button battery safety

ACCC SURVEY - BUTTON BATTERY SAFETY

The ACCC has issued a consultation paper outlining regulatory options to address button battery safety. Stakeholder feedback has 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.

The surveys close for responses on Sunday 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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$10 MILLION GRANTS FOR NSW SOLAR PANEL AND BATTERY STORAGE

The NSW Government is investing $10 million to help improve environmental performance by diverting end-of-life solar panel systems from landfill, with the first round of grants now open.

Although current waste volumes are relatively low, this emerging waste stream is expected to rapidly increase over the next decade as installed systems reach their end-of-life.

READ MORE
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CLEAN AUSTRALIA CRC BUSINESS CASE

Want to find out why the Clean Australia CRC is needed and how they are addressing the challenge of dealing with Australia’s pollution and waste.  Read their two-page business case which has been submitted in their Stage 1 CRC application.

DOWNLOAD CLEAN AUSTRALIA CRC BUSINESS CASE
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