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ABRI Member Bulletin ~ 8 June 2022

  1. The step change in the Australian battery recycling industry – ABRI Members’ Meeting – 29 June – Sydney
  2. Join the ABRI Executive Committee and help drive ABRI’s strategic direction
  3. Status of used lead acid battery recycling chain – feedback from member consultation & discussions with government
  4. Facilitating improved battery circular economy outcomes
  5. Victoria – Dangerous Goods (DGs) supply chain disruptions and increased inventory levels at sites
  6.  National Transport Commission – consultation on the review of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code
  7. BSC – B-cycle implementation consultation session 10, 1 June
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1. THE STEP CHANGE IN THE AUSTRALIAN BATTERY RECYCLING INDUSTRY - ABRI MEMBERS' MEETING - 29 JUNE - SYDNEY

Delivering on member requests for more opportunities to meet battery recycling industry colleagues, the next ABRI Members’ Meeting will be face to face in Sydney.

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. 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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2. 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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3. STATUS OF USED LEAD ACID BATTERY RECYCLING CHAIN - FEEDBACK FROM MEMBER CONSULTATION & DISCUSSIONS WITH GOVERNMENT

As discussed in the May ABRI members’ bulletin, a confluence of events is impacting all segments of the used lead acid battery recycling value chain.

The ABRI Executive Committee received three submissions to its request for member advice on causes of the current situation, the expected duration of the bottlenecks, options for addressing these challenges and other concerns (excluding pricing) which ABRI can assist address.

The submissions raised the following key points:

  • The situation is expected to be temporary.
  • Causes include: COVID impacts creating staffing issues and consequently reducing ULAB processing capacity; concurrent maintenance shutdowns at two major ULAB facilities, which would normally occur during a seasonal lull in processing demand; and government compliance and regulatory actions across a number of jurisdictions created two fold pinch points for industry by respectively increasing ULAB supplies at a time when storage capacity was reduced.
  • Industry approved capacity is substantial and increasing. Additional investment is being undertaken to increase capacity and some of this will come online in NSW as early as end 2022.
  • Need for strong support for the Australian battery recycling industry.

Concurrently, ABRI has been engaging with governments on regulatory matters to seek action on projects underway to support safe, sustainable ULAB recycling whilst reducing industry bottlenecks. Key points:

  • Victoria – EPA consultation on their draft policy position for ULAB, including storage thresholds for licensing, will be held at 10am on 14 June. Please email secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au if you have not received the invite and would like to attend.
  • Queensland – ABRI is in discussions regarding options for reinstating the 45 tonne threshold.
  • Commonwealth – ABRI continues to keep the Hazardous Waste section of the Department of Water, Agriculture and Environment updated on industry developments.

As an industry association, ABRI has obligations under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (‘the Act’) and the Executive Committee requests stakeholders not provide information, including pricing, which may breach anti-competitive behaviour requirements under the Act. Any stakeholder with concerns about industry practice and competition should refer these to the appropriate regulator. For further information visit, https://www.accc.gov.au/business/industry-associations-professional-services/industry-associations

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4. FACILITATING IMPROVED BATTERY CIRCULAR ECONOMY OUTCOMES

ABRI’s submission to the consultation on the NSW Resource Recovery framework highlighted three priorities to facilitate better battery circular economy outcomes. These priorities are applicable across all jurisdictions:

  1. Increased coordination across agencies, particularly environment, emergency
    management, transport and planning to accelerate improvements in battery
    recycling safety and growth of the battery recycling industry;
  2. Recognising the step change underway in a rapidly growing and evolving industry
    and regulatory arena, ABRI encourages regulators to apply the listen, enable,
    education and act tools within regulatory policy frameworks to address emerging
    issues; and
  3. ABRI supports the development of a framework to support safe and sustainable lithium-ion battery reuse and repurposing.

Further details can be found in the ABRI Submission to the NSW Resource Recovery Framework.

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5. VICTORIA - DANGEROUS GOODS (DGS) SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTIONS AND INCREASED INVENTORY LEVELS AT SITES

In its quarterly DG Digest, WorkSafe Victoria has observed that at some recent workplace inspections the quantities of dangerous goods stored at some sites have increased. They recognise that in most cases, the increased levels appear to be linked to disruptions within the supply chains and ordering more material to ensure that the customer and production needs are met.

WorkSafe Victoria has issued a reminder that you need to notify WorkSafe when the quantities of dangerous goods stored and handled at your workplace exceed the manifest quantities specified in Schedule 2 of the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2012 every two years.

For sites that have notified, it is important to monitor any changes to business practices, as a number of changes may also trigger a renotification to WorkSafe. This includes if the maximum quantity of a UN class of goods and/or packing group changes by 20% or more.

Click Here to view when you need to notify WorkSafe – including changes to business practices.

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6. NATIONAL TRANSPORT COMMISSION - CONSULTATION ON THE REVIEW OF THE AUSTRALIAN DANGEROUS GOODS CODE

The National Transport Commission (NTC) is working with stakeholders to undertake a full review of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (the code). This will result in an updated version of the code, planned for 2024.

If you are involved in activities in the dangerous goods transport chain, or if you engage people to do this on your behalf, attend an information session to learn more. The NTC will share details about what could change and the process they’ll follow while reviewing the code.

The session will be on 23 June from 2.00-4.00pm (Melbourne time) – register here.

Learn more about this project here.

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7. BSC B-CYCLE IMPLEMENTATION CONSULTATION SESSION 10 DOCUMENTS, 1 JUNE

The presentation from the latest BSC consultation session (1 June, Session 10) with ABRI members on B-cycle focused on

  • B-cycle rebate update
  • Guidelines update
  • Q1 summary

The ABRI presentation focused on government engagement activities:

  • NSW F&R research program (SARET) & mixed battery testing update
  • NSW EPA e-waste compliance campaign key findings
  • Vic Storage and Management of Waste Battery guidelines Member feedback and information session
  • Cwlth/UN Transport of Dangerous Goods proposed changes update

The presentations can be found at

The link to the B-cycle Q1 summary and other research reports is available here.

Session 11 will be held on 6 July. If there are items that you would like to see on the agenda, please email secretariat@batteryrecycling.org.au.

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