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Additional batteries compliance guidance

Understanding the detail of the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations can be quite a task, especially if you’re new to this area. Naturally we do our best to demystify this area for all our members, but it does help to have a basic grasp of what it’s all about. We hope these resources may help you answer some of your burning questions.

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Face to face seminars

If several members of your organisation are keen to get up to date with the latest batteries compliance legislation, an onsite seminar, led by one of our technical compliance specialists, is a great way to ensure a deeper understanding of the subject area. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your batteries compliance questions answered.

What exactly is a 'small producer'?

You are a small producer if you place less than 1 tonne of batteries or accumulators into the UK marketplace.


What exactly is a 'large producer'?

You are a large producer if you place more than 1 tonne of batteries or accumulators into the UK marketplace.


How many batteries is one tonne?

One tonne of batteries is roughly the same as placing 32 sets of 4 x AA batteries onto the UK marketplace every day.


How many batteries is 32kg?

32kg works out at just 1 pack of 4 x AA batteries per day or 365 per year.


What constitutes a portable battery?

Portable batteries are batteries or battery packs that are:

  • Sealed        
  • Hand carried without difficulty
  • Neither an industrial or automotive battery

Examples of portable batteries are:

  • AA or AAA batteries that might be used to power the remote control for a TV
  • Batteries used in mobile phones, portable MP3 players or laptop computers
  • Button cells found on a PC motherboard or in a wristwatch


What constitutes an industrial battery?

Industrial batteries are batteries or battery packs of any size that are:

  • Designed exclusively for professional or industrial uses
  • Used as a source of power for propulsion in electric vehicles
  • Unsealed but are not automotive batteries
  • Sealed but are not portable batteries.

 Examples of industrial batteries include those designed for use:

  • In barcode readers and payment card readers in shops
  • In professional video equipment and professional studios
  • Is a source of power and propulsion to drive the motor in forklift trucks, golf buggies and mobility buggies
  • In lighthouses

If in doubt, get in touch with our batteries team and one of our experts will be able to help.


What constitutes an automotive battery?

Automotive batteries are used in vehicles such as cars, vans, lorries, buses and other types of road transport for starting the engine and lighting.

The majority of automotive batteries are traditional 12-Volt lead-acid batteries that have been used in cars, vans or trucks for many decades. They do not include batteries used in car key fobs or power propulsion for electric vehicles. A hybrid vehicle, for example, is likely to have two batteries - an automotive battery for ignition and an industrial battery for propulsion.


What about mobile phones, laptops, hearing aids, cameras and so on?

These batteries are generally classified as portable and can be recycled with other household batteries (e.g. AA/AAA).


Why do I need to categorise the batteries by chemistry type?

Different types of batteries are recycled in different ways so they are accounted for differently. More importantly, their costs vary so it’s essential to get your reporting right so you don’t pay too much for your compliance!


Are there any other requirements that I need to consider?

Yes. The regulations detail that you need to:

  • Keep your data for a minimum of 4 years.
  • Ensure your data is as accurate as reasonably possible. Are you confident it is?


What lobbying do you do on our behalf?

At Ecosurety, we make it a priority to sit on a number of different working groups to ensure our members’ views are represented widely e.g. Agencies’ and Industry Batteries Operational Liaison Group [AIBOLG].

We also work closely with the Environment Agency in the consultation process, undertaking surveys of our members to influence the shape and direction of regulatory change. All our lobbying activity is included in our membership scheme fees.


What additional services do you offer?

Thought you’d never ask! In addition to our standard services, we offer: 

  • Free used battery collections as well as retail support and advice
  • Combined batteries and WEEE expertise
  • Categorisation support
  • Sales report analysis
  • Producing both internal and external methodologies
  • EA audit preparation, support and attendance
  • Advising manufacturers and trade associations

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Useful links

Ecosurety contributes over 1,600 new battery recycle points to recyclenow.com

Locations are provided by some of Ecosurety’s biggest members and collection partners including Currys PC World 


Webinar: Batteries and WEEE Q4 data submission training

Ahead of the Q4 data deadline of 15 January 2018, our specialist Dan Boyle will be presenting a webinar lasting approximately half an hour to walk you through submitting data on our Members' Area in preparation for the upcoming submission. 


Webinar: Batteries and WEEE Q3 data submission training

Ahead of the Q3 data deadline of 15 October 2018, our specialists will be presenting a webinar lasting approximately half an hour to walk you through submitting data on our Members' Area in preparation for the upcoming submission. 


Events & training

Webinar: Batteries and WEEE Q4 data submission training



Webinar: Producer responsibility in the Republic of Ireland



Webinar: Packaging compliance 2018 Q1 commercial update