The peak body for Australia’s lighting industry has partnered with the Queensland Government to divert emergency and exit lighting batteries from landfill. The pilot recycling program EXITCYCLE was launched at a ceremony on 7 October 2015 in Brisbane with the Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, the Hon Dr Steven Miles.
It is expected that the pilot program – which will run in Queensland for 12 months – will provide valuable information on collection and recycling issues associated with this class of batteries. Lighting Council Australia hopes to migrate the pilot scheme to a fully-fledged national voluntary recycling program at the end of the 12 months trial. Emergency and exit lighting is used in a wide range of commercial and industrial buildings. Almost all rely on batteries for back-up power.