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Retailers welcome battery regulation start date

The British Retail Consortium has welcomed the Governments start date for the battery regulations for retailers.

The new regulations have now been laid before Parliament and from February 2010 shops that sell more than 32 kilogrammes of portable batteries will have to collect in-store these batteries when they become waste.

The BRC expressed concerns last month that the original 1 January 2010 start date would put huge pressure on stores because it is their busiest time of the year and is precisely the same time they are expected to cope with the huge task of reversing last years VAT cut (see MRW story).

British Retail Consortium spokesman Richard Dodd told MRW: We believe that the Government has listened to our call to delay the implementation date and we believe that they have been flexible and responsive.

Retailers recognise that they have got a big part to play in this and we are willing to play that part and commit to actively reaching our 40% recycling target. But we must not exclude other means of reaching that target. Not all the focus should be on in-store collection. There must also be developments in local kerbside collection, which is an effective way of upping the rates.
Business environment director Jane Milne added: Developing home collection mustnt be ignored.

The BRC also welcomed the Governments recognition that the current classification of used lithium batteries as hazardous waste could stop retailers collecting them from stores in the same vehicles that deliver goods to stores. Dodd said that the BRC and the Government agree that the scheme must be easy, cheap and environmentally friendly. Preventing lorries making numerous trips to stores.

The Government has said that is willing to discuss this with the BRC and retailers.


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