AIEN Event

Advancements in Battery Recycling for Fire Risk Reduction

10:00am – 12:00pm AEST
Wednesday 14 August 2024


AIEN Members: $77 inc GST
Non Member $110 inc GST

The use of batteries is increasing throughout our economy to help in the energy transition. Batteries of difference sizes and chemistries are being used in just about every aspect of our lives – in household appliances, toys, portable tools, domestic and commercial power storage, electric vehicles, mobile industrial plant and even heavy transport vehicles.

Australia is rapidly adopting these new applications for batteries, and we have some of the world’s largest deposits of critical minerals to support battery manufacturing – yet we have little recycling capability to recover the critical minerals in these batteries to support a circular economy. Whilst the recovery of used lead acid batteries is high, it is estimated that 24,300 tonnes of batteries still end up in landfill in year. For some battery types, such as lithium-ion, the recycling rates are extremely low, at an estimated 3%*.

Collection and recycling of batteries at end of life is needed to avoid the disposal of batteries to the general waste stream. The presence of high-energy storage batteries in waste and recycling streams collected at the household level have led to a spate of fires in collection vehicles, material processing facilities and at landfills.

This webinar will explore the issues surrounding the problems of incorrect disposal of batteries to the waste stream, and new facilities that are being constructed that will help to collect, sort and process batteries – helping to divert them from the waste stream and ensure they are recycled to support the circular economy.

* Langdon, R, Dominish, E., & Lara, H. (2023). B-cycle Benchmarking Program: Market Analysis & Fate Mapping, and Life Cycle Analysis. Sydney: Institute for Sustainable Futures. Internet publication:


Welcome and Housekeeping
Colin Barker, Chair – Australian Industrial Ecology Network
Setting the Scene and Webinar Objectives
Dr Mark Jackson, Director – Jackson Environment and Plannin
Batteries and Fires in the Community – We really need an integrated solution
Dr Michael Logan, Director Research and Scientific Branch –
QLD Fire and Emergency Services
New battery sorting facility proposed for Western Sydney
Craig Ley, General Manager – Battery Recyclers
Solar PV and battery recycling facility in Heatherbrae, NSW
Bede Wolf, Sustainability Lead – SK Tes
Comments, questions and close
Led by Dr Mark Jackson, Jackson Environment and Planning Pty Ltd
Webinar Close


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Dr Michael Logan

Dr Michael Logan

Director Research and Scientific Branch - QLD Fire and Emergency Services

Michael Logan is the Director of the Research and Scientific Branch (RSB) within the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). He has a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of New South Wales and has numerous specific qualifications across emergency management.

He has also recently been appointed as an Adjunct Professor within the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland.

Craig Ley

Craig Ley

General Manager - Battery Recyclers

Craig Ley, Director of Battery Recyclers Pty Ltd and Contract Manager of Sell and Parker Pty Ltd, is Australia’s largest private metal recycler, established in 1966.

With over 20 years of experience in the recycling industry, Craig has Direct knowledge of the challenges of batteries within the scrap and waste industry.

Bede Wolf

Bede Wolf

Sustainability Lead - SK Tes

Bede Wolf has worked across the circular economy as producer, recycler, and scheme. Cutting his teeth in printer and parts remanufacture, he has worked in in Australia and overseas to bring the circular economy to life, extending lifecycles, valorising waste and forming circular loops between stakeholders. Observing the incoming tide of li-ion batteries, Bede put together a grant application under SK Tes (formerly Tes-Amm) for a battery re-use and recycling plant, the project of which is now nearing completion.
Dr Mark Jackson

Dr Mark Jackson

Director and Principal Consultant, Jackson Environment and Planning

Mark is an infrastructure specialist and has 30 years’ experience in the field. Mark is passionate about good infrastructure design, planning approvals and licensing of waste and recycling facilities. He has supported the environmental planning, approvals and licensing of some of the largest waste and recycling infrastructure projects in NSW. Mark is the founder of a specialist infrastructure planning firm in North Sydney, Jackson Environment and Planning Pty Ltd since 2016. He also has 12 years’ experience in the NSW Environment Protection Authority, leading some of the largest recycling industry development, regulatory support and infrastructure investment programs in the country’s history.