Batteries EPR Regulations in Northern Ireland
Following the UK’s separation from the EU and per the terms of the trade agreement signed in December 2020, Northern Ireland remains a UK nation but must continue to abide by EU rules in multiple regulatory areas. This means that the EU’s rules governing batteries and waste batteries producer responsibility continue to apply to Northern Ireland.
In late 2020, the European Commission proposed to repeal and replace their existing batteries producer responsibility rules to establish new labelling requirements, recycling and recycled content targets and EPR requirements for producers and distributors for batteries.
If accepted, it is proposed that these rules will apply to all EU Member States as well as Northern Ireland from 1st January 2022. As a result, Northern Ireland may be subject to different batteries producer responsibility rules in comparison to Great Britain should the UK Government not choose to emulate the EU’s proposed rules.