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Call for producers to check batteries compliance schemes' costs

Producers need to be sure of the bottom line costs of the battery compliance schemes they join up to before 15 October, according to BatteryBack chairman Peter Hunt.

His comments come after the EA announced its approval of seven schemes yesterday (30 September),including BatteryBack. The six other schemes that were selected include: Budget Pack, CCR Rebat, DHL Battery Compliance, Repic eBatt, European Recycling Platform UK, and Valpak.

Hunt told MRW: We have 11 days to go and a lot of work needs to be done to avoid confusion. Producers need to know exactly what they are signing up for. To make sure they are not led down to a shock at the end of the road.

They need to be sure that they do not sign an open cheque and need to be sure of the bottom line costs for 2010-12. The evidence costs are the key.

He said that the BCSs will collectively pay the EA around £1m in licensing fees even before they have to pay for collection and treatment costs. He said some of these costs will inevitably pass onto the consumer but he did not blame the EA as they had to do what they have to do.

Hunt also said that the entire value of whole battery compliance was around £2.5m in 2010 including collection, treatment and marketing costs and there were around 250 producers and an obligation next year of less than 3,000 tonnes of batteries.

Under the Battery Regulations, BCSs will have to collect, treat and recycle batteries on behalf of large producers. If the producers import more than a tonne of batteries per year into the UK they will have to sign up to a BCS.

Environment Agency implementation project manager Bob Mead said: Our main message to producers is to take action now to join a compliance scheme.

Once producers have joined a scheme they will clearly have a handle on their obligations.

Mead added that the next step after 15 October was for BCS to manage collection arrangements so that by the beginning of January they are clear on what their members obligations are.

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