The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) has started a pilot project to collect and recycle used power tool batteries in Brisbane.
Queensland’s Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Steven Miles, launched the program on Father’s Day (Sunday 6 September)
The pilot involves selected Bunnings, Masters and Trade Tools stores in the Brisbane City Council area, who will collect the end-of-life or used batteries.
Every year around 3 million used power tool batteries reach the end of their life, but less than 3 per cent are recycled. Power tool batteries may contain toxic materials, such as lead, mercury and cadmium, and can pose a risk to human health and the environment if disposed of incorrectly.
ABRI developed the collection and recycling project with funding from the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage. It aims to investigate the feasibility of collecting power tool batteries through hardware stores.
Between 6 September and 30 June 2016, any power tool battery type or brand, weighing less than 500 grams can be returned – free of charge – to one of the 18 participating outlets in the Brisbane City Council area.
ABRI expects the trial to provide valuable information on consumer willingness to participate in such a program, costs of collection and recycling, the types of batteries available for collection by weight, chemistry and brand, and other operational issues.
The team responsible for collection, recycling and communication includes ABRI members Infoactiv Group, MRI (Aust) Pty Ltd , Planet Ark and Australia Post (StarTrack).