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New legislation to introduce stricter controls on Batteries

Regulations now published and applicable

Release date: 06/10/2008

Stricter rules on batteries and accumulators for UK businesses were introduced on 26 September through the implementation of the Batteries Directive.


The new legal obligations will mean:

  • stricter rules on recovery and recycling
  • improvements to the environmental performance of all new batteries on the market.

This will apply to all batteries, regardless of their shape, weight, use or chemical composition.

Any business that produces, supplies, or disposes of batteries and accumulators will be affected. Specifically the proposals will affect manufacturers, importers, distributors, end-users, businesses involved in treating and recycling waste batteries and accumulators, and vehicle sales and maintenance businesses.

In addition, if you manufacture or design battery powered products, you will need to ensure that the batteries can be removed from the products and supply instructions on how to remove them.

Even if your business only uses battery powered equipment, you will still need to dispose of the waste batteries at collection points.

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