Battery recycling collection networks get the go-ahead as the Environment Agency approves seven out of eight proposed battery compliance schemes.
The compliance schemes will help portable battery producers meet their recycling obligations of 25% by 2012 and 45% by 2016 (Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009). Any company which produces over 1 tonne of batteries per year must sign up to an Environment Agency approved compliance scheme which will collect, treat and recycle waste batteries on their behalf.
The schemes approved by the Environment Agency are:
- BatteryBack – a joint venture between Veolia Environmental Services and WasteCare
- Budget Pack
- CCR REBAT – part of reverse logistics firm CCR
- DHL Battery Compliance
- ERP UK – part of the European Recycling Platform
- REPIC eBatt
All of the approved battery compliance operators are already involved with compliance schemes for waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) however the market was estimated to be big enough for around three schemes and some are expected to drop out if they are unable to attract enough members by the deadline at the end of October 2009.
The first compliance year is 2010, and with a target of 25% to hit, whichever schemes commit to meet the obligation should make recycling batteries a much easier process for businesses.
Posted under Waste Management and Other Manufacturing on 5 October 2009