Victoria will ban all electronic waste (including batteries) from landfill from July 2019. Other states are also moving in the same direction.
Rising to the challenge of providing safe, environmentally sound alternatives to landfill, long-time battery recycling company Ecocycle has quietly been getting on with the job of expanding Australia’s capacity to recycle all types of batteries.
The upshot is that, while the start date for the Victorian ban has been set to provide councils and recyclers time to prepare for it, there’s no need to wait. Ecocycle is ready to receive your battery waste right now.
Ecocycle has invested considerable time, energy and money into battery recycling.
We’ve taken a well-researched, systematic approach to the problem, and partnered with world-leading companies to roll out proven technology to manage each step of the battery recycling process – collection, sorting and processing.
We are also actively involved in the efforts of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) to develop a battery stewardship program for Australia.
While Ecocycle offers recycling solutions for all types of batteries, much of the focus is on the lithium-ion batteries that are playing an increasing role in powering the world.
Game changers that they are, lithium batteries can explode or catch fire. Learning from the European and North American experience with battery fires, Ecocycle takes an uncompromising ‘safety first’ approach in addressing each of the key steps in the battery recycling process.
For decades Ecocycle has provided a simple, cost-effective battery collection process scalable to the requirements of diverse organisations.
To lift our capacity for battery collection, we are introducing the latest in innovative bins that will be rolled out across the country, creating a truly convenient battery collection network that everyone can access.
At the other end of the scale, for example council waste depots, our new, forklift compatible, bunded Nally bins simplify the handling of large quantities of batteries in a safe and effective manner.
In an Australian first, we will also be introducing our degraded battery collection and storage container (pictured below) to selected customers.
Built from welded steel and capable of holding up to a tonne of battery waste, this armoured box is designed to contain any explosion or fire caused by damaged lithium batteries, in the event that this might occur.
Is it a battery? If the answer is ‘yes’, it can go into one of our battery recycling containers.
Simplifying the decisions that people need to make when discarding batteries is one of the keys to boosting recycling rates.
In another first for the country, we’ll be introducing state-of-the-art technology that will deal with all sizes and types of batteries in an efficient and effective manner presenting to the community a truly futuristic battery recycling solution.
Our aim is to recover all components from batteries in a form that’s ready for reuse, either in manufacturing or other applications.
Let’s just say there’s a lot going on in battery recycling at the moment, much of it behind the scenes, and we will soon be announcing new and exciting initiatives.
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Australia recycles less than 3% of the batteries sold each year, which is pretty pathetic. But if we all get on board it won’t be long before we can lift that figure to one that we can all be proud of.
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To find out more about how you can get started with a battery recycling program today, give us a call on 1300 32 62 92 or send us information via our contact form below.