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New guidance released for Battery Producers

The government has recently released two publications aimed at encouraging businesses to manage their impact on the environment with regards to Batteries waste producers.

In mid-May, an updated version of the FAQ document on Directive 2006/66/EC was released to replace the November 2012 version of the FAQ, reflecting the amendments introduced by Directive 2013/56/EC, which member states are required to transpose into national law by 1 July 2015.

The amendments introduced through Directive 2013/56/EC included removing exemptions regarding the use of cadmium in portable batteries used in cordless power tools and with respect to the use of mercury in button cells. At the same time changes were made to some other provisions of the Directive, in particular placing on the market and the removability of batteries. These are all addressed in the new FAQ document.

In early June, Statutory guidance on ‘Waste portable batteries delivered to battery collection points’ was published. The statement describes the enforcement approach the government has adopted when waste portable batteries are moved to a collection point in the circumstances described within the guidance. Mainly including information for operators of collection points, it offers guidance on the types of batteries and the types of delivery to a collection point.

The waste batteries FAQ can be found here, whilst the guidance on battery collection points can be seen here.


Robbie Staniforth

Policy manager

As policy manager, Robbie is responsible for liaising with government, regulators and industry organisations to represent our members’ views and interests. In previous roles, he helped to instigate market-based change and he brings that dynamism to his current role of influencing regulatory change. With years of experience working across a number of departments at Ecosurety, it’s fair to say he has an excellent understanding of producer compliance and recycling, which enables him to provide high-level policy expertise, industry insight and market analysis to our members.


Written by Robbie Staniforth Published 12/06/2014 Topics Compliance

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