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Environment Agency formally withdraws DHL Battery Compliance approval

The Environment Agency has formally withdrawn approval from DHL Battery Compliance to become a battery producer compliance scheme after DHL wrote to the EA to pull out.

EA implementation project manager Bob Mead told MRW: In the letter they (DHL) wrote to us it said that they do not consider they have recruited sufficient members to be commercially viable. 25 members were not cost effective to continue with level of membership.

The news comes as the Battery Regulations first compliance period commenced on 1 January. Under the 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 to a BCS (see MRW story).

The EA has formally withdrawn DHLs approval to become a BCS on criteria based on part three schedule three of the regulations, which states the obligations of battery compliance scheme to treat, recover and recycle batteries. Mead said the members had 42 days to join the other six compliance schemes or notify the EA if they wanted to come together to form their own scheme and apply for approval for it. Mead said the pull out by DHL will not affect the UK Battery Regulation system.

DHL producer compliance manager Richard Barnish said that DHL had written to all its members to announce that it had signed up to European Recycling Platform to provide battery compliance services to its members.

DHL stated that the partnership will enable DHL and ERP to use their respective skills and scale to the best possible degree in order to lower the costs of compliance with the Battery Regulations for their members.

Barnish said that DHL had spoken to all its members before Christmas and had positive responses about the changes. Under the agreement both companies will continue to provide operational compliance services under the Battery Regulations for their respective customers.

In pulling out of the registration process, DHL also avoid paying the £118,000 registration cost to the EA.

DHL general development manager Paul James said: The advantage comes from the fact that only one of us will have to officially register as a battery scheme and pay the significant EA registration fee. Since ERP already have the UKs biggest BCS it makes sense for this to be ERP. By registering our members with the EA through ERP were able to minimise costs while still providing a full compliance service its a great outcome for all concerned.

ERP general manager Scott Butler added that it was a positive move for ERP and member companies by teaming up with DHL.

Other BCSs include:

  • Budget Pack;
  • BatteryBack;
  • Repic eBatt; and
  • Valpak.

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