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Battery Regulations

The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations came into force in May 2009. These regulations established a new producer responsibility programme for the collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries. The UK Battery regulations followed a European Union Directive which requires all member states of the EU to increase the

What are my obligations

Your obligation will vary depending on the type of batteries you are responsible for. The regulations have divided batteries into two categories:-
  • Industrial and Automotive batteries
  • Portable Batteries.

Industrial and Automotive Battery obligations

Industrial batteries are considered to be any battery that has been specifically designed for use in an industrial or professional application. An example would be a specific battery used in a specialist piece of equipment, batteries used in electric vehicles or batteries used in emergency lighting. A common battery (such as an AA) which is being used in a professional application (such as a desk top calculator) would NOT be considered to be an Industrial battery Automotive batteries are batteries which are used for either automotive starting, lighting or ignition power. If you are a producer of Industrial and Automotive Batteries, you must register with the Department for Business, Innovations and Skill (BIS), declare the weight and type of batteries that you are placing on the market, and offer free takeback on all industrial batteries from end users.

How do I register?

To Register, you can visit the Environment Agency's NPWD website by clicking here OR Click here to contact us for more information

Portable Batteries

Portable Batteries are considered to be any battery that is not classed as industrial or automotive. For example, AA batteries, mobile phone batteries, laptop batteries, watch batteries, camera batteries etc. If you manufacture portable batteries in the UK, import them or products that contain them you will probably be affected by these regulations and will need to register your obligation.

How do I register?

If you place less than one tonne of portable batteries on the UK market every year, you are classed as a small producer. Small producers must register directly with the Environment Agency via the National Packaging Waste Database. You will need to provide information on the total amount of batteries that you have placed on the market during the year split into three separate groups: Ni-cad, Lead acid and other batteries. The Environment Agency charges a small annual registration fee of £30. You will not be required to finance the collection, treatment and recycling of batteries. You can access the National Packaging Waste Database and register by clicking here OR Click here to contact us for more information If you place more than one tonne of batteries on the market you are classed as a large producer and you will need to join a Battery Compliance Scheme (BCS). Battery Compliance Schemes raise a levy on producers which finances the cost of collection, treatment and recycling of batteries. The amount a producer pays is directly related to each producer's share of the amount of batteries each producer places on the UK market. This is the only way large producers can comply. Large producers cannot register directly with the Environment Agency. The Wastepack Group has partnered with BatteryPack. If you are a large producer and need to join a Battery Compliance Scheme, please contact us by clicking here.

Retailers and Distributors

If you are a retailor or distributor selling more than 32kgs of batteries per year (that's about 250 packs of AA batteries), you must provide free instore battery take back. Wastepack can help and advise you on the best way to do this. Click here to contact us for more information. If you want to contact us for more information about any aspect of the battery regulations click here.