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Packaging waste and batteries consultation launched

Defra has launched a consultation on packaging waste and batteries to “reduce red tape for business”.

The consultation, which ends on 22 May, is seeking evidence to help underpin a review of the waste plastic packaging target, and to consider what further actions can be taken to ensure that the household waste recycling target is met.

The changes will seek to amend three Acts:

  • Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009
  • Producer Responsibility Obligation (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007
  • Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

This follows Defra’s earlier consultation that ended in February which aimed to create a formal definition for ‘portable’ batteries.

The proposed amendments to guidance notes for the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 aim to help interpretation of whether a battery “can be hand-carried by an average person without difficulty”.

They would remove what is seen as a “grey area” between 4kg-10kg batteries, and a clear weight limit would determine whether a battery could be “hand carried” and therefore portable.

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