X

ecosurety responds to batteries consultation

ecosurety released its response based on members' feedback.

A few weeks ago (August 2013) the government released proposals to change the definition of a ‘portable’ battery, prompting ecosurety to issue a survey to its members asking for feedback. Following analysis of the survey results, and further research into the potential implications of the changes, ecosurety has released its response.

By proposing the changes, the government hopes to address the mismatch between the chemistry of batteries being placed onto the market and those which are recycled. The suggestion proposed by ecosurety is that the only way to combat this issue is to have chemistry specific targets, similar to the PRN (Packaging waste Recovery Note) system. However, this would require a potentially time-consuming regulatory change. In the short term a weight we recommend a threshold of 5kg to help define the difference between a 'portable' and 'industrial' battery.

It's important that we represent our members' interests and we have reflected their views in our response. We agree that something must be done to ensure producers and recyclers are using the same process to define a battery. However, we feel that the government's proposal can only be considered a band-aid for an issue requiring more major surgery.

In lieu of chemistry specific targets for battery recycling, which would require regulatory changes, we propose a 5kg threshold be introduced to provide greater clarity on what is meant by 'portable'. This will ease the problem without significantly reducing the UK's ability to hit battery recycling targets or risking a huge price increase for our members.


Robbie Staniforth

Head of policy

As head of policy, 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 18/09/2013 Topics Compliance

Useful links


Webinar: Batteries and WEEE Q1 data submission training

Ahead of the Q1 data deadline of 15 April 2019, account manager Ffion Rossiter will be presenting a webinar lasting approximately half an hour to walk you through submitting data on our Members' Area in preparation for the upcoming submission. 

Read More >>

Sharp increase in 2018 Q3 battery collections

With the release of the Q3 figures for the UK’s portable battery collections, large positive gains have resulted in the strongest quarter to date for 2018, and put the UK in a position to see hitting target for the year as a viable proposition.

Read More >>

Ecosurety launches #BringBackHeavyMetal with new home collections initiative

Campaign partner Currys PCWorld to collect used household batteries through network of home installation teams to help combat low recycling rates

Read More >>

Get in touch