New Battery Directive
Under the Waste Battery Regulations, Supreme Imports Ltd are now offering a take back scheme for all portable waste batteries. You can return your waste batteries to our business premises in person (please do not post).
Alternatively, you can find your local waste portable battery recycling facility at www.recyclenow.com
Most supermarkets and shops that sell batteries will have collection bins for used batteries, and some town halls, libraries or schools may also set up collection points. End-users may find stores in their local area more accessible
Europe has finally published the new Batteries Directive, making companies that produce and sell new batteries responsible for collecting and recycling spent batteries.
The publication in the EU’s Official Journal on Tuesday came without a trace of publicity from the European Union, but means the UK now has exactly 24 months to bring in new recycling regulations for batteries.
The first collection targets set by the Directive for 25% of batteries, will now have to be achieved by September 26, 2012.
The second target, for 45% of batteries, is set for September 2016.
Figures for 2002 put Britain’s collection rate for batteries at just 0.5%. This compared to 59% for Belgium and 55% for Sweden.
The new Directive requires accessible recycling points will have to be set up, with distributors taking spent batteries back for recycling free of charge to the last owner.
A series of “efficiency” targets has also been set for the reprocessing of the materials from collected batteries. These include recycling 65% of lead-acid batteries, 75% of nickel-cadmium batteries and 50% of other batteries collected, all targets calculated by weight.
These efficiencies targets are to be achieved no later than September 26, 2010.
Any net costs from the collection, treatment and recycling of spent batteries is to be met by producers or organisations on their behalf. The Directive does allow Member States to bring in a threshold to allow small battery producers to escape the recycling obligations.
The Directive also bans producers from using significant quantities of hazardous metals like cadmium and mercury in the manufacture of batteries – except in medical equipment, emergency or alarm systems, and in cordless power drills.
Who is Affected
The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, which came into force on 5 May 2009, place obligations on battery ‘producers’ – businesses that place portable, industrial and automotive batteries onto the UK market for the first time. Portable batteries are defined as both cells and those batteries that are integral to some types of electrical equipment such as cordless tools, toys, mobile phones or laptop computers. To find out if you will be obligated under the regulations please download a copy of Valpak’s batteries decision tree.
You are affected by the regulations if you:
- manufacture or import batteries
- manufacture or import electrical equipment which includes batteries
- are a retailer supplying batteries to end users
Producers who place more than 1 tonne of portable batteries onto the UK market each year must:
- register with a compliance scheme who must provide consumer collection and recycling information on behalf of their
- provide quarterly sales data by weight and chemistry category
- finance the recovery of a target percentage of their battery sales
Producers who place 1 tonne or less of portable batteries onto the UK market each year must register with the relevant Environment Agency and provide an annual data submission to that Agency. Please refer to www.environment-agency.gov.uk for further information.
Retailers selling more than 32kg of portable batteries per year must provide free in-store take back of waste portable batteries.
A distributor is classed as someone selling batteries on a professional basis to an end-user. In the UK these are usually retailers but it also includes distance sellers (e.g. internet), commercial distributors and wholesalers supplying users direct. Distributors of batteries (i.e. replacement batteries) to end-users must offer to take-back waste batteries. These should be free of charge to the public. There should be no requirement on the public to make a purchase from the distributor in order to utilise the battery collection facility. In addition, distributors may be required to advise end-users of appropriate end of life management options for portable batteries and accumulators.
Exemptions are proposed for small distributors who meet both of the following criterions:
- sell 32kg or less of replacement batteries per year or
- sell batteries only when incorporated into appliances
Distributors who only sell batteries incorporated into appliances will be exempt.
Compliance schemes will make arrangements with distributors to pick up and recycle their collected batteries. The collection and recycling will be funded by producers via their schemes and as such will be free of charge to distributors.
Small distributors under the threshold will not be required to take back waste batteries, but may still choose to offer this service. In this case they may have to do so at their own cost unless an agreement can be reached with a scheme.
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY Supreme Imports
The policy of Supreme Imports is to contribute to customers worldwide with our products, with our high-quality
- Try and Establish environmental management systems and pursue environmental preservation activities.
- Understand the impact that company activities have on the world environment and pursue environmental preservation activities
- Persue external auditing of our operation
- Where applicable help to take action for resource and energy conservation, recycling and waste reduction.
- By offering environmental education and r their awareness about environmental preservation.