Scotlands environment watchdog has warned all battery producers that they only have a few weeks left to ensure that they complete their registration on time.
Under the Battery Regulations producers must meet their environmental responsibilities by joining a battery compliance scheme by 15 October (see MRW story).
These schemes will be approved and monitored by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Environment Agency or the Department of Environment Northern Ireland, depending on which country they are based in.
Producers placing less than one tonne of batteries on the market each year do not have to pay for the collection, treatment and recycling or join a BCS. However, they must register on the National Producer Responsibility Database. From 15 October, these producers have 28 days to register from the day they first place batteries on the UK market.
SEPA producer compliance and waste shipment unit spokesman Patrick McKell said: The majority of battery producers should be well aware of their responsibilities, but we want to ensure no one forgets to complete their registration on time. A list of approved compliance schemes is available on the Public Register of Battery Compliance Schemes on the National Producer Responsibility Database at http://npwd.enviornment-agency.gov.uk.
In 2007, only three per cent of consumer disposable batteries were recycled, the rest ending up in landfill sites. As most batteries contain heavy metals, which may leak into the ground causing soil and water pollution, the regulations are intended to ensure the UK meets the portable battery collection targets of 25 per cent by 2012 and 45 per cent by 2016.