Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) producer compliance scheme WeeeCare is forming a consortium with battery manufacturers and importers, major retailers and other stakeholders to launch a free national recovery scheme for all types of batteries.
The scheme will be operated by BatteryBack, a not-for-profit company which has been set up in readiness for the introduction of the new Battery Directive. The service is due to start on July 1.
WeeeCares parent company WasteCare has been offering a battery collection service for many years. WasteCare chief executive Peter Hunt said: Unlike the implementation of WEEE, rather than sitting on our hands before the start of the Battery Directive introduction, we thought that we will launch a solution that offered a guaranteed price and a solution to the problem.
He said that BatteryBack will have access to more than 100 Waste Care collection vehicles operating throughout the UK. The firm will provide BatteryCans, specially designed collection canisters (pictured above), at local authority amenity sites, schools and supermarkets. People can place their used batteries in the BatteryCans and they will be collected by WeeeCare to be recycled.
Currently the UK recycles fewer than 3% of portable batteries, with more than 30,000 tonnes of batteries being discarded every year.
Image: BatteryBack collection canister