Batteries—key obligations
Batteries—key obligations

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Batteries—key obligations
  • Brexit impact
  • The Batteries Directive
  • Producers' obligations
  • Distributors' obligations—portable batteries
  • Battery compliance scheme obligations
  • ABTO and ABE obligations

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law, and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

The Batteries Directive

The Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC (Batteries Directive) aims to minimise the impact of batteries and waste batteries on the environment by placing obligations on producers, producer compliance schemes, distributors, approved battery treatment operators (ABTO) and approved battery exporters (ABE), with reference to three types of batteries:

  1. portable

  2. industrial

  3. automotive

See Practice Notes:

  1. Types of batteries and accumulators

  2. Batteries Directive—snapshot

The Batteries Directive has been implemented in the UK through:

  1. the Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008 (BAPMR 2008) which cover restrictions on the use of certain substances in batteries and labelling requirements

  2. the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 (WBAR 2009) which provide a system for the separate collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries and enables the UK to meet its waste battery