Our vision is to facilitate a circular economy for batteries
The Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) is a not-for-profit association established in 2008 to promote responsible environmental management of batteries at end of life.
Batteries contain valuable metals which can be used and reused if they are recovered at the end of their “first” life; Keeping batteries in the circular economy also means that we are reducing hazards in landfills and alternative waste facilities.
ABRI is made up of a group of battery manufacturers, recyclers, retailers, government bodies and environment groups to promote the collection, recycling and safe disposal of all batteries.
A circular economy for batteries has a number of important environmental benefits:
- Recovery of non-renewable resources for other beneficial uses
- Reduction in the environmental impacts of mining and manufacturing virgin materials
- Reduction in the environmental impacts of landfill
- Less contamination of recycling programs for organic materials
ABRI’s role includes research, advocacy, education and stakeholder engagement to promote safe and environmentally responsible recycling of all batteries at end of life.
ABRI supports the principle of product stewardship: that responsibility for environmental management of products, including their recovery at end of life, is shared by organisations at every stage of the product life cycle.