Are all batteries classified as hazardous waste when they are disposed of?

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Are all batteries classified as hazardous waste when they are disposed of?

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Many waste contractors tend to err on the side of caution and treat all consignments of batteries as hazardous waste. However, it is not the case that all waste batteries meet the criteria for hazardous waste under the Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005. The European Waste Catalogue (also known as the List of Wastes) contains the following entries for batteries:

  • 16 06 01* Lead batteries (hazardous), eg lead acid batteries used in vehicles

  • 16 06 02* Ni-Cd batteries (hazardous), eg rechargeable batteries used in mobile phones and laptops

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