There has recently been a consultation on implementing the European Directive 2013/56/EU amendment to the Batteries and Accumulators Directive 2006/66/EU on the ban of cadmium and mercury in batteries.
This consultation, ran by The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), closed on the 5th November and from this we are now one step closer to having less toxic batteries entering the waste stream.
The consultation sought views on the implementation policy, draft 2015 Regulations and draft Impact Assessment. It is of particular relevance to the producers of batteries and suppliers of those products containing batteries, not forgetting those companies that are tasked with treating these batteries. The government estimation is that there are in the region of 5000 managers who now will need to familiarise themselves with the 2015 Regulations and any changes relevant to them. This figure is based on the Annual Business Survey, that identified an estimated 13 power tool manufacturers based in the UK, representing a £140m turnover.
The key requirements of the Directive were:
Batteries and accumulators lawfully placed on the market for the first time prior to the bans can still be marketed until stocks have depleted.
It is hoped the implementation of this new European Directive would:
The Government's intent is to be able to publish a response within 8 weeks of the consultation closing. With the final version of the new Regulations being laid before parliament to come into force from 1 July 2015. ecosurety looks to keep their members as up-to-date as possible on this. If you have any queries about the consultation, draft 2015 Regulations or your batteries membership please contact our Compliance Team on 0845 094 2228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As policy manager, Robbie is responsible for liaising with government, regulators and industry organisations to represent our members’ views and interests. In previous roles, he helped to instigate market-based change and he brings that dynamism to his current role of influencing regulatory change. With years of experience working across a number of departments at Ecosurety, it’s fair to say he has an excellent understanding of producer compliance and recycling, which enables him to provide high-level policy expertise, industry insight and market analysis to our members.
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