Battery compliance for businesses

Manufacturers and importers who place portable batteries on the UK market for the first time must pay for the collection, treatment and recycling of batteries through a registered battery compliance scheme. Portable battery distributors who sell more than 32 kilogrammes of batteries per year will need to provide a free take-back service for recycling waste portable batteries.

The latest in a series of producer responsibility legislation initiatives, the Batteries Directive introduced tighter rules on recycling batteries and accumulators (rechargeable batteries) for UK businesses since 2010. Producers must pay for the collection, treatment and recycling of batteries.

The Batteries Directive
Under the Batteries Directive, waste portable, industrial and vehicle batteries in the UK must be separately collected, treated and recycled.

The legal obligations mean:
  • Stricter rules on recovery and recycling
  • A UK recycling target of 45% of portable batteries must be met by the end of 2016
  • Improvements to the environmental performance of all new batteries on the market (regardless of shape, weight, use or chemical composition)
Manufacturers and importers who place portable batteries on the UK market for the first time must pay for the collection, treatment and recycling of batteries through a registered battery compliance scheme.

Portable battery distributors who sell more than 32 kilogrammes of batteries per year need to provide a free take-back service for recycling waste portable batteries.

The Veolia solution
BatteryBack, the UK's largest Battery Compliance Scheme and Veolia's preferred provider, will collect, treat and recycle batteries on behalf of producers who place more than one tonne of portable batteries on the UK market each year.

BatteryBack will register you with the Environment Agency and supply your data in the correct format. Their extensive customer connections are raising awareness and publicising the need to recycle batteries and collection points.

To join today or to receive additional information please email compliance.veolia.vesuk@veolia.com.
 
Battery collection

Whether you produce, sell or need to dispose of batteries, BatteryBack's collection scheme delivers a cost effective solution.

BatteryBack is creating a nationwide network of 50,000 battery collection points for portable batteries.

This network of collection points has benefits for everyone:
  • Consumers can recycle batteries conveniently throughout the UK
  • Battery retailers and civic amenity sites have a comprehensive free of charge battery collection service
  • Schools, colleges and public buildings can demonstrate their green credentials by offering staff, visitors and pupils the chance to recycle batteries free of charge
  • Businesses can also utilise this collection structure to avoid unnecessary costs

To arrange a portable battery recycling service please email us at compliance.veolia.vesuk@veolia.com.

​Batteries - your responsibilities

The Batteries Directive makes it very clear that the responsibility for the costs of collection, treatment and recycling of all portable batteries will lie firmly with producers and distributors.

How do the regulations affect me?
Any business that produces, imports, supplies or disposes of batteries and accumulators is affected. Specifically, the Battery Regulations affects the following businesses:
  • Manufacturers
  • Importers
  • Distributors
  • End-users (practically every business in the UK)
  • Businesses involved in treating and recycling waste batteries and accumulators
  • Vehicle sales and maintenance businesses

     
Manufacturers and importers
If you place one tonne or less of portable batteries on the market per year you will not have to pay for the collection, treatment and recycling of batteries, but you will have to register with the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD).

If you place over one tonne of portable batteries on the market per year, you now have to pay for the collection, recycling and disposal of waste batteries in proportion to your market share.

To do this, you must register with a battery compliance scheme that will arrange the collection, recycling and disposal of batteries on your behalf. You must also ensure that the batteries you place on the market comply with the regulations on battery labelling and design.

Portable battery sellers:  If you sell 32kg or more of household batteries you will have to take back these batteries in-store, free of charge, when they become waste. We can assist by offering battery collection point material.

Industrial and vehicle battery producers:  If you produce industrial and automotive batteries you will have to arrange separate collection and recycling of waste industrial batteries and vehicle batteries. You must ensure that all waste batteries that you take back or collect are taken to an approved battery treatment operator or exporter for treatment and recycling.

Disposal of waste industrial and automotive batteries by landfill or by incineration was banned on 1 January 2010.
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Registration

If you'd like further information about Veolia's Battery Compliance solutions, please email us: compliance.veolia.vesuk@veolia.com.