Presented by:  Alec McNeil, Solid Waste Manager, Marlborough District Council, Rowan Latham, Contract and Projects Lead, Christchurch City Council and John Evans, Business & Service Development Manager, ITRecycla Ltd

The webinar is being held to highlight some examples of council initiated small battery collection schemes and discuss how this concept could be rolled out nationally. The council trials in Christchurch and Marlborough were initiated in response to vehicle and site fires subsequently attributed to small batteries being placed in the refuse and/or recycling collection systems.

No-one is currently processing used batteries in New Zealand and so properly recycling them requires exporting them to be processed overseas. This is problematic for a number of reasons and   ITRECYCLA are therefore building a local processing facility.  John’s presentation explains the rationale for this and what it will achieve.

 This 60-minute webinar will cover:

  1. Trial collection approaches – urban and rural
  2. Trial collection – challenges and opportunities
  3. End markets and their requirements for collected batteries
  4. National collection system – including containers, logistics and consolidation associated with the small batteries
  5. NZ Based Battery Recycling Plant:
    • Why process locally?
    • Second Life
    • Recycling:
      • Which batteries will be processed?
      • What does “processed” mean?
  • Audit trail and reporting

The presentation will be followed by Q & A. 

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About the presenters: 

Alec is the Solid Waste Manager at Marlborough District Council. He has been involved in the waste industry since the 1990s, including the resource recovery sector. Marlborough has recently upgraded their resource recovery infrastructure and service provision with the opening of a Hazardous Waste Centre which includes a small battery collection, consolidation and processing system.

Rowan joined Christchurch City Council last year as contract and projects lead with their solid waste team, a newly established position.  Prior to this, Rowan spent three and a half years as a senior advisor at Environment Canterbury Regional Council and has a lot of experience delivering complex waste minimisation and resource recovery projects.  Rowan has been an active member of the Canterbury Waste Joint Committee staff group and WasteMINZ, regularly presenting at conference, and was a member of WasteMINZ’ Disposal to Land Sector Group Steering Committee.

John Evans is a business development and growth professional with a strong focus on innovation and a well-developed (some would say prevailing) sense of ethics.  “Business development shouldn’t be about blindly selling more of what you’ve got, rather it should be about developing all aspects of the enterprise to sustainably achieve the goals of the business”.  John has been central to ITRECYCLA’s transformation from a small operation in a shed, into a successful multi-faceted business carrying out major nationwide technology recycling and data security projects for many of New Zealand’s largest enterprises and government agencies.  John lives in Wellington where he can often be found hurtling down hillsides on his mountain bike, cooking up a storm for family and friends and stretching the limits of his creative DIY skills.