A national stewardship scheme for Lithium batteries
The national Battery Stewardship Council has released its fourth and final version of the proposed Stewardship Scheme for batteries. It is proposed that an industry-led stewardship scheme be established to enable responsible management of all types of used batteries. There have been a number of significant changes to the proposal as a result of discussions and feedback from industry and member consultation. Preliminary data from a new stocks and flows that is underway indicates that the total national battery waste tonnage is now more than 19,000 tonnes from 800 million batteries based on an equivalent battery unit, with only a 10% collection rate, with the remainder inappropriately disposed of to landfill and impacting on the environment.