Who is a battery producer?
You are a ‘producer’ if you are ‘someone who puts batteries, or products containing batteries, onto the UK market for the first time. This includes batteries incorporated into appliances or vehicles. It generally means that you have not bought them from another UK supplier. You must also have a physical presence in the UK, such as a UK office, trading arm, or Post Office box.’*
* Sourced from Environment Agency definitions
IMPORTANT - You may also be classed as a ‘distributor’ if you sell portable batteries to end users via a store, the internet, mail order or telesales. Read more about battery distributor obligations.
The batteries directive affects producers of portable, industrial and automotive batteries.
Small portable battery producers
You are a small producer if you place one tonne or less of portable batteries onto the UK market each year. As a small portable battery producer you do not have to join a Battery Compliance Scheme and therefore will not have to pay Battery Compliance Scheme (BCS) charges. You must register with the relevant Environment Agency (please see end of article) or via the national Packaging Waste Database (NPWD), and pay a small annual fee (around £30) to cover the costs of regulation (registration, monitoring compliance, monitoring the accuracy of the information provided, and publishing the information).
Large portable battery producers
You are a large producer if you place more than one tonne of portable batteries onto the UK market each year. As a large producer of portable batteries, you will have to pay for the collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of waste batteries in proportion to your market share. This is achieved through joining a Battery Compliance Scheme who will arrange for the collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries (equivalent to your market share) for you. The BCS will also register you with the relevant environment agency (see end of article).
Industrial and automotive battery producers
As producers of industrial and automotive batteries, you are still affected by the Battery Directive and must contact Departments for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) for compliance information. It is likely that the End of Life Vehicle Registrations will also apply to you.
Approved Battery Compliance Schemes
A list of approved Battery Compliance Schemes can be found on the Environment Agency website http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/regulation/107939.aspx
How much does it cost to comply with the Battery Directive?
Every BCS can decide their own rate – this will cover membership to the scheme and costs for collection, treatment and recycling of batteries. The Environment Agency charge BCSs an annual subsistence charge plus additional charges for each member, and this could influence how much the BCS charge you.
Environment Agencies – UK
For small producers:
England and Wales - Environment Agency www.environment-agency.gov.uk/
Scotland – Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) www.sepa.org.uk/
Northern Ireland – Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) www.doeni.gov.uk/niea/index.htm
National Packaging Waste Database http://npwd.environment-agency.gov.uk/
For large producers:
A list of approved Battery Compliance Schemes can be found on the Environment Agency website: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/regulation/107939.aspx
The BCS will also register you with the environment agency that they (the BCS) is registered under (this may not necessarily be in the same country that you are based in).
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