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HISTORY

With a growing economy and growing population, more ownership of automobiles and renewable energy installations has led to higher demand for batteries resulting in unintended consequences for the Nigerian environment.

Nigeria has become a major consumer of used lead acid batteries, with informal and illegal recycling activities for millions of used batteries done without any responsibility to the environment. This has caused widespread pollution around communities where used batteries are illegally collected, processed or smelted as scrap lead.

Lead-Acid Battery recycling is regarded as one of the worst polluting industries worldwide. Batteries may contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, silver, nickel or lithium that are very hazardous to the environment and human health if not recycled or disposed of properly.

Recent estimates by the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of Nigeria (REDIN) indicate that Nigeria currently generates about 500,000tons of used lead acid batteries from the automotive and renewable energy sectors annually.

With exponential rise in consumption of lead-acid and consumer batteries, it is imperative that Nigeria implements control measures to tackle the problem through an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Programme in which anyone who benefits from the trade of selling batteries (new or used) shares in the responsibility of properly recycling them at their end of life.

ARBR Goals

  1. Create a level playing field where each producer, brand owner, or importer of products containing batteries supports end-of-life management of the product.
  2. Assure that overall responsibility is shared between manufacturers, importers, consumers, retailers, recyclers and government.
  3. Build awareness of battery recycling to maximize battery collection and long-term awareness
  4. Work to efficiently use resources by pursuing recycling-oriented manufacturing
  5. Minimize the environmental impact of batteries throughout the entire supply chain including end of life.
  6. Promote the responsible use of batteries through safe handling and storage practices


Alliance For Responsible Battery Recycling (ARBR) 

In order to create significant change, we believe that everyone who benefits from batteries must have some level of responsibility in their disposal. A coordinated, national approach to battery recycling is critical to success. That’s why the Alliance for Responsible Battery Recycling (ARBR) is formed to synchronize the stakeholders of the battery sector towards preventing the potential hazards from used batteries and the pollution from dirty battery recycling in Nigeria.

Working with Battery Manufacturers, Importers, Distributors, Retailers, Recyclers, Users Renewable Energy Operators, Environmental Groups, and Governments across the country, the Alliance will execute programmes and projects that promote the removal of used batteries from the normal waste stream, ensure their environmentally sound recycling, build capacity and knowledge, and create public awareness on the hazards of improper battery disposal.

ARBR will also conduct extensive research into the development of energy efficient made in Nigeria batteries using 100% Nigerian raw materials and clean technology.

The ARBR membership is open to all companies, organisations or associations operating in the battery sector

 

Hazards Of Improper Battery Recycling 

  1. Battery recycling is critical to minimizing the impact batteries can have on our environment, but It’s not the only solution. Proper awareness and sensitization is absolutely necessary.
  2. Batteries are made from a variety of chemicals to power their reactions. Some of these chemicals, like cadmium, lead, mercury, copper, zinc, manganese, lithium, or potassium, are extremely toxic and can cause damage to humans and the environment.
  3. In particular, they can cause soil and water pollution and endanger human wellbeing and wildlife.


ARBR Mission

Our Mission encompasses working with Battery Manufacturers, Importers, Distributors, Retailers, Recyclers, Renewable Energy Operators, Environmental Groups, and Governments across the country, in executing programmes and projects that promote the removal of used batteries from the normal waste stream, ensure their environmentally sound recycling, build capacity and knowledge, and create public awareness on the hazards of improper battery disposal.