Battery—treatment and recycling requirements
Battery—treatment and recycling requirements

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

  • Battery—treatment and recycling requirements
  • Brexit impact
  • Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC
  • The role of approved battery treatment operators and approved battery exporters
  • Disposal
  • Treatment and recycling
  • ABTOs and ABEs—requirements
  • Conditions of approval
  • Reporting
  • Record-keeping
  • more

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.

Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC

The Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC (the Directive) aims to minimise the impact of batteries and waste batteries on the environment. The main objectives of the Directive are to:

  1. prohibit the placing on the market of batteries containing hazardous substances such as mercury and cadmium

  2. provide specific rules for the collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of waste batteries and accumulators through producer responsibility

For more information on the Directive, see Practice Note: Batteries Directive—snapshot.

The UK government has implemented the Directive through:

  1. the Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008, SI 2008/2164 (BAPMR 2008), which covers restrictions on the use of certain substances in batteries and labelling requirements

  2. the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 (WBAR 2009), SI 2009/890, which deals with the system for the separate collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries

For more information on parts of WBAR 2009, see Practice Notes: Portable battery obligations and Industrial