Batteries Compliance

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Batteries compliance is where manufacturers or importers and obligated distributors of batteries have taken steps to comply with the requirements of the Waste Batteries Regulations.

Batteries

Who needs to comply?

If your business manufactures or imports batteries or products that contain batteries it will be affected by the Waste Batteries Regulations and would be classed as a “Producer”. In addition, businesses that sell more than 32kg of batteries to end users per year (excluding batteries sold within equipment) are also obligated and classed as “Distributors”.

It is important to establish if your business is obligated as non-compliance may result in hefty fines and/ or damage to business reputation.

You will be affected if...

Producers

  • You manufacture batteries

  • You import batteries or products containing batteries

Distributors

  • You sell more than 32kg batteries to end users per year (excludes batteries sold within equipment)


If your business is obligated to comply with the Waste Batteries Regulations it may also be obligated to comply with the WEEE Regulations. Visit our WEEE Compliance web page to find out more.

Next steps...

Manufacturers / Producers

Producers that place more than 1 tonne of portable batteries onto the UK market must:

  • register with a compliance scheme
  • complete data submissions detailing the amount of batteries placed onto the UK market
  • pay a share towards the costs of battery recycling

Producers that place 1 tonne or less of portable batteries onto the UK market must:

  • register with the Environment Agency
  • complete an annual data submission detailing the amount of batteries placed onto the UK market
 
 

Distributors

must:
  • offer in-store portable battery collection for recycling
  • publicise, at point of sale, that a battery recycling point is available in-store

How much will compliance cost?

Producers only will need to pay three sets of fees in order to become compliant with the Regulations:

  1. Agency fees – Every business has to pay a set environment agency registration fee each year
  2. Annual membership fee – This covers our administration costs of checking and verifying data
  3. Evidence fee – The cost of procuring battery recycling evidence notes needed to meet the business’s obligation

Button Cell Batteries

Why Valpak?

Manufacturers / Producers

We are an approved battery compliance scheme, meaning we can register battery producers with the relevant environment agencies and check and submit data to ensure compliance.

For large producers, we will also take on the legal responsibility for compliance with the Regulations. To meet this obligation we arrange the collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries.

Additional Valpak membership benefits include:

 

  • access to fully trained experts who can be contacted for help and advice
  • access to a unique online data submission system offering interactive guidance
  • free training workshops
  • free compliance reviews
  • free battery collection box
  • free battery collections
  • industry news e-bulletins
  • access to dedicated Members' Area of the website
  • free use of the Green Dot symbol
  • a certificate of registration
  • representation at Government level
  • regulatory changes and consultations updates
Valpak Waste Batteries Collection Box 

Distributors / Sellers

Our service is free to distributors. We can provide guidance on the options available to distributors for in-store collection of batteries and can also provide the appropriate container, depending on a business’s requirements.

With over 22,000 collection points and excellent customer satisfaction rates you can be assured of a reliable and efficient collection service.

Contact us

If you are interested in joining our scheme, or simply wish to talk through your requirements with one of our experts, please do not hesitate to contact us via our enquiry form, email us or call 03450 682 572.




"We have been using Valpak for a number of years, initially for waste packaging data submissions and more recently to ensure our business is compliant with WEEE Regulations. The business support they offer is excellent, ensuring that they have a full understanding of our business requirements through dedicated account managers."

York Barbell (UK) Ltd
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