Batteries

In the UK EU Directive 2006/66/EC, which aims to harmonise across Europe the activities of all those involved in the lifecycle of batteries and accumulators to improve environmental performance, is enacted and enforced under two separate legal instruments: The Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008’ (SI 2008 no 2164)—updated in 2012 as ‘The Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012 no 1139)—and ‘The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009’ (SI 2009 no 890) in England and Wales; The Waste Batteries (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009 no 247); and The Waste Batteries and Accumulators (Treatment and Disposal) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 (SRNI 2009 no 159).

These Regulations cover the material restrictions and marking requirements for batteries that are made available in the UK and also how the safe collection, treatment and disposal of batteries is funded at their end of life.

Click here for more information about the Placing on the Market Regulations and click here for more information about the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations.