Waste types and controls—batteries and accumulators
Waste types and controls—batteries and accumulators

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

  • Waste types and controls—batteries and accumulators
  • Brexit impact
  • Who is affected?
  • Registration
  • Recycling—take back options
  • Data requirements
  • Enforcement

The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 (WBAR 2009) came into force on 5 May 2009. They implement the waste element of the Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC (the Directive). The Directive requires Member States to collect 25% of waste portable batteries by September 2012, rising to 45% by September 2016.

See Practice Note: Batteries Directive—snapshot.

The WBAR 2009 applies to:

  1. industrial batteries

  2. automotive batteries

  3. portable batteries: eg AA and AAA batteries and those designed to power laptop computers or mobile phones

For more on the definition of batteries, see Practice Note: Types of batteries and accumulators.

In June 2012, the European Commission published Regulations providing detailed rules for calculating the recycling efficiencies of the recycling processes of waste batteries and accumulators outlined by Directive (EC) 2006/66, art 12. The regulation applies to recycling processes carried out to waste batteries and accumulators from 1 January 2014.

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: Brexit—impact on environmental law and Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Who is affected?

The WBAR 2009 apply to:

  1. producers placing batteries and accumulators (or