The aim of the EU Batteries Directive is to keep batteries out of landfill and incineration and increase the recycling rate. The directive set a target of recycling 45% of portable (consumer) batteries by 2016. The EU are currently considering a new target. In the UK there are two pieces of legislation that apply to businesses.

  1. A producer responsibility regime that makes manufacturers, importers and retailers responsible for the collection and recycling of batteries. They will fulfil their obligations by joining a battery compliance scheme that recycles the batteries on their behalf. The actual recycling is carried out by approved facilities that are regulated by the Environment Agency.

  2. Regulations that restrict the hazardous substance content of batteries.

This topic informs manufacturers, importers and retailers of batteries of their duties under both sets of batteries legislation.

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