The Environment Agency has received eight applications from potential battery compliance schemes to collect portable batteries.
A deadline for applications ended last month and the EA will issue a decision to approve or reject the applications on 30 September.
The eight companies that applied are: Budget Pack, BatteryBack, CCR REBAT, DHL Battery Compliance, eBatt, Econo-Batt, ERP UK and Valpak.
A statement on the EA website said: We are currently assessing applications from prospective battery compliance schemes, so no-one is able to join a compliance scheme just yet. The final list of approved applications will be published in September. If you are a producer of portable batteries you will need to decide which one may be most appropriate for you to join.
BCS will collect, treat and recycle on behalf of large producers (those placing more than one tonne of portable batteries on the UK market each year). They will be responsible for publicity campaigns, to raise awareness of the need to recycle batteries and to publicise their own collection arrangements.
BCSs must register their producer members by 31 October.
The EA will incur costs in regulating the BCSs so most of the costs will be recovered through charges on BCSs. Potential BCSs were charged £17,000 to apply to become one and the annual subsistence charge will cost them £118,000. In addition to this, to reflect the costs of monitoring producers, schemes will be charged an additional £680 per member. The EA is expected to rake in more than £1m from taking in these costs. BCS are expected to pass this cost on to their members.
Packaging and waste electrical and electronic equipment compliance scheme Budget Pack, after making its application, is now working with producers and distributors to ask them what they would want to see in its potential scheme. The firm has called this investigation the Cube Initiative (see MRW story).
Chief executive Steve Clark told MRW: We will be doing a lot of work with producers and distributors into the future and investigating a lot of pitfalls regarding the regulations and the hopes that they have as we work through the programme of the Cube Initiative.
By July, the scheme will develop a wish list on what producers and distributors are looking for in its scheme.
Clark said that the firm will have early thoughts on a publicity campaign and collection infrastructure. He explained that there will be a diverse range of collection options to think about and Budget Pack will talk with local authorities and engage with consumers.