Environmental Planning and Waste Management Sydney

Lithium Battery Recycling Facility Proposed for the Hunter

Renewable Metals Pty Ltd is proposing to build a Lithium Battery Recycling Facility located within Bayswater Power Station, Muswellbrook, NSW. This development will involve the construction of several industrial buildings. The industrial buildings will include areas for the battery recycling facility, product storage areas, staff parking, concrete hard stand loading bay areas and hardstand areas to allow for truck movements.

The Site is located within Bayswater Power Station, Muswellbrook in the Upper Hunter Region. The Site is suitable for the proposed battery recycling facility development. The development aims to provide a much-needed used lithium battery recycling facility within NSW. Currently there are no other lithium battery recycling facilities in NSW.

The development will assist in creating jobs and boost economic growth within the Upper Hunter Region. The design of the development proposes several sustainability initiatives to protect the local environment. These are:

  • Recycling of lithium batteries means less waste in the environment. The recovered materials from the lithium battery recycling process can be used to create new lithium batteries, reducing the need for new materials, further protecting the environment;
  • Concrete hardstand with spill containment bunding to be used for the loading bay and all operational areas to avoid contamination of stormwater or underlying soils;
  • Water treatment plant on-site to allow for all water to be recycled within the battery recycling process, reducing the risk of metals contaminating the environment;
  • Containment building allowing safe transport of lithium batteries without the environment being exposed to hazardous materials;
  • Advanced heat and fire detection systems to detect hot spots and reduce the risk of fires in incoming batteries received for recycling;
  • Advanced fire suppression systems;
  • On-site treatment systems for sewage from staff amenities;
  • Water sensitive urban design features, including rainwater harvesting and use in the battery recycling process, as well as treatment and reuse of stormwater from all external hardstand areas for irrigation on landscaping;
  • Solar panel array on the roof of the building and on-site battery storage to supply green electricity for operations; and
  • Neutral colour to the building to blend in with the surrounding environment.

Local businesses and community feedback is being sought on the proposal. More information can be found in:

You can provide your feedback about our proposed development by contacting Jackson Environment and Planning Pty Ltd via email or phone:

We greatly appreciate your feedback on this project which will benefit both the environment and the local economy.

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