Battery Stewardship Council

Summary

On 18 March 2020 the Battery Stewardship Council (BSC) applied for authorisation for a proposed Battery Stewardship Scheme. The proposed stewardship scheme proposes to apply a levy to imported batteries at a rate of $0.04 per 24 grams and members of the proposed stewardship scheme would be required to only deal with other members of the scheme (excepting current ongoing arrangements).

The weight-based charge on imported batteries (or equivalent fee to be paid by members of the scheme) would be passed onto consumers as a visible levy, and would be used to fund the scheme and a rebate system for service providers responsible for the battery’s collection, sorting and processing.

The proposed stewardship scheme is intended to operate nationally and on a voluntary basis to enable the responsible management of all types of used batteries, excluding automotive lead acid batteries which are subject to their own recycling scheme.

BSC has sought authorisation for 5 years. A full copy of BSC’s application for authorisation is below.

The ACCC will progress its assessment of the application in a timely manner. An indicative timetable is set out below for your information.

18 March 2020

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

27 March 2020

Public consultation process begins.

21 April 2020

Closing date for submissions from interested parties.

April/May 2020

Applicant responds to issues raised in the public consultation process.

June 2020

Draft determination.

June/July 2020

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

July/August 2020

Final determination.

Applicant(s)

  • Battery Stewardship Council

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000476-1