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Battery consultation launched

Three Government bodies have launched a consultation to gather industry views on an amended European directive on batteries.

Defra, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the National Measurement Office are seeking input on how the regulations will be transposed into UK law.

The Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators Directive was introduced with the aim of improving the environmental performance of batteries and accumulators and to minimise the impact that they have on the environment.

The Government said that it intends to use the “copy out” principle to transpose the regulations, which means it would adopt legislation without changing its wording beyond the minimum requirements.

One of the main issues revolves around portable batteries and accumulators containing cadmium, especially their use in cordless power tools. Such batteries are banned from being placed on the market, but the ban will come into effect in 2017 to allow the recycling industry to adapt to alternative technologies.

The Directive also places requirements on the design of new batteries and mandates the separate collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries and accumulators.

The full consultation document can be read here.

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