The Batteries Directive aims to reduce the environmental impact of manufacture, distribution and recovery of batteries.
Since 5 May 2009 the new EU Battery Directive implemented rigorous rules on manufacturing and recycling batteries and accumulators (rechargeable batteries) for UK businesses. The Batteries Directive aims to reduce the environmental impact of manufacture, distribution and recovery of batteries.
Under this directive the UK was attributed new responsibilities in how batteries should be recovered, treated and disposed.
Who do the battery recycling regulations affect?
The regulations affect any business that uses, produces, supplies, or disposes of batteries, as well as any business that manufactures or designs battery-powered products.
Specifically, the regulations affect the following businesses:
• end-users (virtually every business in the UK)
• businesses involved in treating and recycling waste batteries and accumulators
• vehicle sales and maintenance businesses
Waste portable, industrial and vehicle batteries in the UK must be separately collected, treated and recycled.
If your business wants to offer a Battery Compliance Scheme you must apply to your environmental regulator by 31 May 2009. For more information on how to apply contact the Environment Agency:
Tel: 08708 506 506.
The regulator may request additional information from you until 30 June 2009, and will allocate a BCS by 30 September 2009.
Further information can be found through the following resources:
• Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 SI 890 (Adobe PDF - 176KB)
• Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008 SI 2164
• BERR: Government guidance notes on Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the market) Regulations 2008 (Adobe PDF - 137KB)
• Defra: Producer responsibility - Batteries Directive
Not sure whether your business is affected by this Directive. Get in touch with us now and one of our qualified attendants will provide you with detailed information and if necessary arrange an audit to assist you in creating a compliance scheme.