New regulations for producers of industrial and automotive batteries
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Issued on 29 December 2009
New legislation, designed to ensure that all waste industrial and
automotive batteries are recycled in the future, will come into effect on 1
Producers of industrial and automotive batteries will be required to
arrange the collection, treatment and recycling of such batteries, free of
charge, if requested by business end-users and final holders.
Key elements of the new regulations include:
Requiring any persons placing batteries on the market to register as a
producer of batteries, and report on waste batteries collected and sent for
Requirements for the treatment and recycling of waste batteries
The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 complement the
existing Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) regulations
2008, which set out the requirements for introducing new batteries onto the
market from 26 September last year.
These regulations also introduce a ban on the landfill disposal or
incineration of waste industrial and automotive batteries.
Ian Lucas, Minister for Business and Regulatory Reform, said:
“These regulations are designed to complement the excellent recycling
rates traditionally achieved for industrial and automotive batteries.
“In simple terms, business users of industrial batteries, and final
holders of automotive batteries, such as garages, End-of-Life Vehicle
authorised treatment facilities, and Civic Amenity site operators, will no
longer be faced with the costs that may be incurred through recycling scrap
batteries. These costs will now be met by the producers.”
The regulations implement the waste provisions of the European Union’s
Directive on Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators
The EU's Directive on Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and
Accumulators (2006/66/EC) aims to reduce the environmental impact of
portable, automotive and industrial batteries by increasing recycling and
‘greening’ the supply chain that produces and distributes them. It applies
to all types of batteries regardless of shape, volume, weight, material
composition or use, except for military applications and space applications.
Producers are businesses, which first place industrial or automotive
batteries on the UK market, either loose or incorporated into appliances or
Examples of industrial batteries include those used for emergency or
back-up power supply in hospitals, airports or offices, in trains and
aircraft, offshore oil rigs and lighthouses, and in electric vehicles
An automotive battery is a battery used for starting, lighting or
ignition in vehicles and motorcycles.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will take
responsibility for registering industrial and automotive producers and
enforcing the relevant waste industrial and automotive battery provisions.
The regulations also introduce targets for the collection and recycling
of portable (mainly household) batteries of 25% by 2012, and at least 45% by
2016. Producers who place more than 1 tonne of portable batteries on the
market in a year must join a Battery Compliance Scheme (BCS) which will
arrange for the collection and recycling of waste portable batteries on
their behalf. Producers who place less than 1 tonne of portable batteries on
the market must register with the Environment Agency but do not have to fund
the collection or recycling of batteries. From 1 February 2010, all portable
battery distributors who supply more than 32kg of batteries a year to end
users, will have to provide a take back facility free of charge so the
batteries can be recycled. All types of portable battery must be accepted
back not just those they sell. However they do not have to pay for their
transport and treatment; BCS’s are obliged to collect them free of charge.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is
responsible for the implementation of the regulations in relation to
portable batteries. Further information can be found at
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is building a
dynamic and competitive UK economy by: creating the conditions for business
success; promoting innovation, enterprise and science; and giving everyone
the skills and opportunities to succeed. To achieve this it will foster
world-class universities and promote an open global economy. BIS - Investing
in our future.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-12-30 19:24:56 in Legal Articles