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    B-cycle Scheme obligations for Drop off points

    As Battery Stewards, we:

    • Give purchase and/or supply preference to:
      • other accredited B-cycle participants for the purchasing of batteries, battery powered products, and battery services.
      • buying batteries from manufacturers using recycled content where appropriate.
    • Proactively encourage customers to become accredited B-cycle participants.
    • Ensure all used in-scope batteries generated or collected by your organisation are disposed of using B-cycle accredited participants.
    • Promote B-cycle to the community, other businesses, and stakeholders.
    • Use the B-cycle approved branding as appropriate and in accordance with the B-cycle style guide.
    • Comply with all legal and other requirements.
    • Conform to B-cycle protocols for quality, traceability, environment, and Work, Health and Safety audits as instigated by BSC or their contractors.
    • Cooperate in a pro-active manner with announced and unannounced audits as instigated by the BSC or BSC contractors.
    • Retain and make accessible to the BSC records to demonstrate these obligations and related B-cycle procedures and guidance are being met.
    • Give appropriate access to relevant records for audit purposes as appropriate.
    • Proactively respond to research and information gathering requests from BSC or BSC contractors.

    As as Drop off point we:

    • Commit and adhere to the Code of Practice requirements if a Drop off point is provided.


    B-cycle Drop off point Code of Practice

    It is important that B-cycle accredited Drop off points provide and maintain an appropriate environment for the safe and effective recycling of used batteries. This Code states the responsibilities to both public and non-public B-cycle Drop off points.

    Partner with a B-cycle accredited Collector

    • B-cycle Drop off points are required to work with B-cycle accredited Collectors.
    • B-cycle accredited Collectors will guide you on choosing bins that meet the B-cycle Container Protocols; where to locate your bins and how to arrange for battery pick-ups. They will also provide guidance on maintaining safety in and around the bin.

    Prevent theft or injury

    To prevent injury or theft by third parties or the public, ensure that only B-cycle accredited Collectors are permitted to collect the contents of B-cycle accredited Drop off bins. It is expected that Drop off points, however, monitor the use of bins to ensure the public do not retrieve disposed batteries from B-cycle bins.

    Fire safety first

    By providing a B-cycle Drop off bin for used batteries you are managing a small but real fire risk. This risk can be reduced by:
    • Always using bins provided by your B-cycle Collector. B-cycle Collectors are responsible for ensuring your bins meet the B-cycle Container Protocols.
    • Consistently communicating the importance of protecting battery terminals prior to placing them in the bin.
    • B-cycle recommends the following messaging:
      • Tape battery terminals with clear sticky tape for fire prevention and child safety.

    Use only approved bins that meet B-cycle Container Protocols

    Drop off bin location

    Work with your B-cycle accredited Collector to determine the best methods for managing your Drop off bin location, making it easy to receive used batteries. This will include locating the bin:
    • in a safe and visible place with easy access for users (for both public and non-public sites)
    • in well-ventilated areas, indoors or undercover, and away from direct sunlight or heat
    • in a fixed location, easily accessible for collection by a B-cycle accredited Collector
    • in a location that prevents other waste being disposed of into bins
    • in an area where batteries are not exposed to inclement or excessively hot weather.

    Maintain your Drop off bins

    It is important to properly maintain your Drop off bins as they are the public face of the Scheme. Ensure that the bins are:
    • kept in good condition
    • not overflowing with batteries
    • regularly serviced or picked up
    • do not have the potential to cause harm to the community or users.
    Notify your B-cycle accredited Collector immediately if there is any damage to a B-cycle Drop off bin or any other reason for it to be removed from the location.

    Bin pickup

    Work with your B-cycle accredited Collector to ensure collections occur in a timely manner and any damage to a bin is fixed or the bin is replaced as soon as possible.

    Keep your Collector and B-cycle informed

    Ensure your Collector is aware when your bin is full.
    • If you are concerned about the quality or safety of your drop off collection process, contact your B-cycle Collector to let them know.
    • If Collections at your Drop off point have to temporarily cease, contact B-cycle immediately to ensure the database of accessible Drop off points is updated for the Australian public.
    • If there is any change that would prevent a collection from occurring as planned at a Drop off point, notify your B-cycle accredited Collector with at least 14 days advance notice. For example:
      • relocating the drop off bin
      • relocation or closing your business
      • changing operating hours or access.

    Evidence of collection

    • B-cycle accredited Collectors are required to take a geo-tagged photo of the bin collection as proof of pick up.
    • This is to prevent fraudulent rebate claims.
    • It is important for employees to be aware that photos may be taken.
    • B-cycle, or our independent auditors, may also contact Drop off points to verify pick-ups have occurred as claimed.

    Avoiding double counting

    • Drop off points that collect electronic and other waste products that may contain batteries should keep these batteries/products separate from B-cycle in-scope batteries and document the procedure.
    • These batteries cannot be submitted for the B-cycle rebates.
    • Participants must provide data on out-of-scope batteries collected and processed to confirm double counting of batteries does not occur.

    Drop off point health checks

    B-cycle will conduct audits of accredited Collectors that may include occasional visits to Drop off points to assess safety and management of the Drop off point services.

    Risk assessment & safety plan

    Work with your B-cycle accredited Collector to prepare and implement a risk assessment and safety plan that identifies hazards at your site and the means by which you will minimise these risks.

    Drop off point safety training

    • It is important that Drop off point managers are aware of how to safely manage Drop off points. B-cycle has mandatory Drop off point Safety Training for Drop off point sites that can be conducted:
      • via the B-cycle portal
      • through your B-cycle accredited Collector
      • or integrated into your internal training system. Evidence of training completion is to be made available.


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