Lithium Australia NL’s (ASX: LIT) 90% owned subsidiary Envirostream Australia Pty Ltd has received a change-of-land-use permit for at activity at its site in Campbellfield, Victoria.
Envirostream – whose activities align with the Council’s commitment to infrastructure essential to meet waste and resource recovery – applied to the Council for a change in land use for the establishment and expansion of a materials recycling facility that had minimal impact on the environment and amenity of the area.
The company has since worked closely with the Council to ensure its operation meets the requirements of the planning scheme, and this led to approval of the change-in-land-use application.
The planning permit is conditional on Envirostream’s compliance with the management plans it submitted with the original application.
The Hume City Council planning permit, together with the recently issued EPA operating licence, provides Envirostream with the formal approvals necessary to expand its operating throughput for the recycling of spent batteries at its Campbellfield facility.
Envirostream is the first company to achieve such approvals, which are specifically for the recycling of spent batteries. This represents an important commercial prelude to the introduction of the national Battery Stewardship Scheme scheduled for implementation in January 2022.
“Envirostream – now the first mixed-battery recycler in Victoria to be fully permitted – seeks to reduce the volume of waste batteries relegated to landfill as it gears up to meet the introduction of the Battery Stewardship Scheme early next year,” Lithium Australia MD, Adrian Griffin, said.
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