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Environment Agency announces approved batteries compliance schemes - UPDATE

The wait is over for seven battery compliance schemes which have successfully received approval to run their schemes from the Environment Agency and now the race is for them to sign up battery producers.

The successful schemes are:

  • Budget Pack;
  • BatteryBack;
  • CCR Rebat;
  • DHL Battery Compliance;
  • Repic eBatt;
  • European Recycling Platform UK; and
  • Valpak

There was one unsuccessful scheme;

  • Econo-Batt

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 (see MRW story).

The schemes now have until 15 October to get battery producers to become their members.

Leading battery producer Duracell has already signed up to ERP and ERP claims that the scheme is likely to become the UKs largest BCS.

Many in the industry believed that the EA would select three or four BCSs, and with the costs of getting a scheme off the ground above £130,000, it could offer a significant windfall to the EA.

EA implementation project manager Bob Mead said: Battery compliance schemes will collect, treat and recycle batteries on behalf of large producers and must have viable plans to collect enough batteries to meet members obligations. After assessing potential schemes, one was refused as we were not satisfied that their plans would ensure this would happen.

 By 2012, one quarter of all end-of-life portable batteries in Britain, some 7,500 tonnes, must be recycled rather than discarded. To achieve this we need to act now.

Speaking about the EAs selection, ERP general manager Scott Butler said it was great news.

He added: Its going to be a busy couple of weeks for us. Weve had enquiries from all kinds of producers from the manufacturers of sat navs to lighting control systems and pedometers to cordless power tools.

Were looking ahead to the challenge of building a national battery collection network, scaled to deliver available economic and environmental advantages. Our members will benefit as our collections networks become more established and efficient.

Budget Pack managing director Steve Clark was also satisfied with the news
. He said: We are compelled to continue our efforts to minimise the impact of the regulations on our clients.

Valpak chief executive Steve Gough added: We are confident that we have solid plans in place to successfully comply for all businesses who wish to join us.

Repic chief executive Philip Morton said: We are obviously delighted with the news as the scheme, Repic eBatt, complements our existing WEEE and packaging services. The move into battery recycling was the next natural progression to providing a one stop solution for all our members, local authorities and distributors collection needs, they all see this as a very positive step.

We look forward to working with the other approved schemes to achieve a successful UK battery implementation.

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