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Battery regulations start today

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Source: Materials Recycling Week

The Battery Regulations have come into force (5 May) but the Government still has to select battery compliance schemes.

The first compliance period will begin on 1 January 2010.  During the rest of 2009, potential BCSs will apply to the environment agencies, recruit battery producers and set up collection and recycling arrangements.

Battery producers will meet their responsibilities for collection and recycling by joining a BCS.

BCSs will be approved by the relevant environment agencies of the UK. BCSs will also carry out publicity aimed at consumers informing them how they can return their waste household batteries for recycling

Battery recycling firm G&P batteries Michael Green said: “For the rest of this year we are going to be seeing prospective BCSs making applications to Government. The BCSs will be putting their plans together but they will not be sure of what members they will have that will join up to their schemes.

“It will probably be late in the autumn when we will see how many compliance schemes will be chosen. Schemes will have to make their applications by the end of May.”

The regulations implement the waste provisions of the Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators Directive. They establish the scope of producer responsibility in the UK.
Key elements for portable batteries include:
* Producers who put less than one tonne of portable batteries on the market will register with the environment agencies but will not have to fund collection, treatment and recycling;
* From February 2010, shops that sell more than 32 kilogrammes of portable batteries will have to collect in-store these batteries when they become waste.

Green added: “It will not be until late autumn until we get a feel of how things will pan out. But an awareness campaign will be crucial for compliance schemes to meet their targets. “It is nice to see the regulations in place and it is nice to see that we are on the right track.

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