The Waste Batteries & Accumulators Regulations 2009

The Office for Product Safety and Standards has been appointed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as the authority responsible for the enforcement of the above regulations in so far as they affect producers of industrial and automotive batteries.

The Waste Batteries & Accumulators Regulations 2009 provide for the treatment of waste batteries. Batteries should not be disposed of through normal waste streams and the Regulations set out the requirements for waste battery collection, treatment, recycling & disposal for all battery types.

As a registered producer of either industrial or automotive batteries you are required to publish details of how an end user/final holder can request take back and for automotive batteries, collection of waste batteries. You are also required to provide details of the chemistry type of the industrial batteries you may have/will place on the market. As the Regulations state that this should be published in such a manner as is reasonably likely to bring them to the notice of end users/final holders we recommend that this information should be displayed on your company website. If your company does not have one, we are happy to discuss alternatives.

Automotive batteries

As a producer of automotive batteries under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, we County Battery Services are obliged to collect, free of charge and within a reasonable time, waste automotive batteries for treatment and recycling from final holders e.g. garages, scrap yards, end-of-life vehicle Authorised Treatment Facilities, Civic Amenity Sites, etc. We are required to do this in any calendar year we place new automotive batteries on the market.

If you require us to take back any automotive batteries, please contact us at tel: 01623757377. We will agree the necessary arrangements for the collection, proper treatment and recycling of the waste automotive batteries.

Please find overleaf some suggested wording for producers to fulfil their obligations under Regulation 35 (for industrial batteries) and Regulation 36 (for automotive batteries).

For further information on the Regulations please refer to www.gov.uk/waste-batteries-producer-responsibility