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Three key observations from the 2015 portable batteries data summary

This is the first report to include Q4 placed-on-the-market weights.

As an approved batteries compliance scheme, ecosurety enables its members to satisfy their obligations for portable batteries recycling evidence. The way we do this is by controlling waste portable batteries to ensure they are recycled. The document released by the EA is significant because it gives a good indication of whether we are near the required tonnage to hit the recycling target for the UK.

Below are the three key observations from the summary document that you need to know:

1)  We’re confident we’re on target!

As it stands, compliance schemes have helped to ensure 39.97% of all waste portable batteries placed on the UK market were declared recycled by approved processing sites last year. The 2015 target was 40%.

This means that evidence notes equating to 0.03% are missing. This could either be down to an incorrect Q4 figure being declared, or that there are recycling evidence notes yet to be submitted.

2) The weight of portable batteries placed on the market is continuing to increase

Batteries producers – those placing batteries on the market - will know their obligations are calculated on a three year average, and 5.51% more batteries were placed on the market in 2015 compared to 2013.

As such not only are producers likely to have a higher placed-on-market figure, but this figure will then be multiplied by a higher recycling target to calculate their obligation, as the 2016 target is 45%, up from 40% in 2015. If you are a producer and have concerns about what these rises mean for your fees, do feel free to contact us.

3) Early adoption of the new portable lead acid battery classification ruling

Q4 2015 was the last quarter that approved treatment operators of batteries could issue portable recycling evidence on lead acid batteries weighing between 4 and 10kg. The expectation therefore was to see a spike in lead acid evidence issued by recyclers, however this wasn’t the case.

In fact, the weight of portable lead acid batteries received by recyclers dropped in Q4 compared to Q3 and instead portable batteries classified as ‘other chemistry’ enjoyed a significant increase (up 65.2%) over the same period. This indicates re-processors have already adopted new scoping and reporting methods which should help for 2016.

We’ll endeavour to keep you posted on any future releases from the Environment Agency as they emerge, but simply contact our team if you would like to know more about how you may be affected.


Robbie Staniforth

Head of policy

Having gained a wealth of experience in regulatory affairs, waste issues and secondary commodity market analysis, Robbie uses his skills internally as an operational board member and externally to influence legislation change as head of policy. He is responsible for liaising with government, regulators and industry organisations to articulate complex views and interests and to provide high-level policy expertise, industry insight and market analysis to our members.


Written by Robbie Staniforth Published 01/03/2016 Topics Compliance

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