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New battery compliance scheme formed

Two recycling companies have joined forces to operate a battery compliance scheme (BCS) across the UK.

Cheshire-based Manga Fu, a national waste management company that specialises in Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling, has teamed up with Leeds-based Recycling Enterprise, battery service provider, to form a BCS.

The partnership comes at a time when the deadline for responses to the battery consultation
finishes on 13 February. Under the new battery regulations, businesses that make, import or sell batteries will have to join a BCS by October this year and retailers will be obliged to take back any waste portable batteries.

Speaking about the battery regulations, Manga-Fu operations director Chris Davy said: Its a great way to encourage the producers of batteries to be more responsible and it will also give greater capacity for businesses, within the industry, to create more work for themselves, especially in this current economic climate.

Some battery stakeholders have criticised the battery proposals and said that the Government aims to choose three BCSs and small battery producers would find it expensive to join a BCS (see MRW story).

Image: MangaFu operations director Chris Davy

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