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ABRI Guidelines: Packaging and safe transport of used lead acid batteries (ULAB)

This Guideline is for collectors and aggregators of used lead acid battery (ULAB) to assist them undertake safe packing and transporting practices when sending ULAB to processors/recyclers.

In this Guideline, the Association for the Battery Recycling Industry (ABRI) seeks to provide an overview of the typical ULAB packaging, transport, and work safety practices.

Each user of this Guideline must undertake their own risk assessment and due diligence, to identify the circumstances specific to their business activities and consequently the requirements that apply. The business providing transport and/or the ULAB recycler will also be well placed to advise on individual packaging and transport requirements.

This Guideline is focused on land transport. The information in this Guideline is valid at October 2023. However, regulations can change at any time, and you should check the relevant legislation and supporting instruments.

This Guide replaces the ABRI Packaging and Safe Transport of Used Lead Acid Battery – Recycling Batteries Guideline – 1 November 2020.

A general overview of lead acid battery recycling can be found in the Basel Convention Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management of Lead-Acid batteries available here. The Basel Convention Guidelines were published in 2003 and are currently undergoing review.

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