Compliance requirements in the United Kingdom

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WEEE requirements

Batteries requirements

Packaging requirements

WEEE requirements

The UK WEEE Regulations require all manufacturers and importers of affected electrical and electronic equipment in the UK to join an approved WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme, provide arrangements for the management of WEEE and provide their registration number to distributors.

We run the first fully approved scheme for Business-to-Business Producers in the UK, B2BWEEE-Scheme.

Collection and recycling obligations for B2B WEEE

Under the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, for equipment that is bought after August 2005, the producer is required to finance the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE that the purchase replaces, on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis. The old equipment that the new purchase replaces is referred to as Historic WEEE.

Under the regulations, the producer is also required to finance the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of any new electrical and electronic equipment that is bought after August 2005, when that new equipment eventually becomes waste. This is referred to as New WEEE.

UK WEEE Regulations

Batteries requirements

Registration timescale

15 October - 12 November 2009

Registration Agency

Portable batteries producers = UK Environment Agency

Industrial & Automotive batteries = Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Registration, collection and recycling obligations for batteries producers

Portable Batteries producers

Batteries Producers who place > 1 tonne per year of portable batteries on the UK market are required to:

  • Collect data on the amount of batteries placed on the UK market from 5 May 2009.
  • Pay for the collection, recycling and disposal of waste batteries in proportion to your market share from 1 January 2010; and
  • Join one of the seven approved Battery Compliance Scheme (BCS) by 15 October 2009. The BCS will register its members with the UK Environment Agency, arrange the collection, recycling and disposal of batteries on your behalf (in accordance with your market share obligations) and report batteries compliance data to the authorities.

Batteries Producers who place < 1 tonne per year of portable batteries on the UK market are exempt from the requirement to pay for the collection, treatment and recycling of portable batteries, and do not need to join a BCS. Instead, they must register directly with one of the Environment Agencies (for example, the Environment Agency for companies in England and Wales) by 12 November 2009.

Industrial and automotive batteries producers

Producers of industrial and automotive batteries are required to:

  • Register directly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) by 31 October 2009.
  • Make arrangements for the separate collection and recycling of waste industrial and automotive batteries. This includes producers and users of industrial and automotive batteries concluding other financing arrangements.
How do I register as a Batteries Producer?

To register as a Batteries Producer in the UK you must have a physical presence in the UK, such as a UK office, trading arm or Post Office box.

All producers of industrial and automotive batteries, and producers who place < 1 tonne per year of portable batteries on the market, can now register directly with the relevant authorities through a single online system. The National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) allows these producers to apply as a batteries producer by providing the following information:

  • The types of batteries placed on the UK market (portable, industrial or automotive)
  • Basic information about the company, including organisation name and contact details. NPWD will then provide a login username, password and 6-digit PIN for the company to access their account on the NPWD system
  • Once the registrant has received login details for their company account on the NPWD system, the company will be able to make an application to register as a producer of portable (placing less than 1 tonne on the market annually), industrial or automotive batteries. Information to be provided in the application may include:
    • Reporting the amount of lead acid, nickel-cadmium and other types of batteries placed on the market since 5 May 2009 for the first compliance period; and for waste industrial and automotive batteries producers
    • How the management of waste industrial and automotive batteries will comply with the take-back and recycling requirements of the UK Battery Regulations

As mentioned above, any company who places > 1 tonne per year of portable batteries on the UK market must join one of the seven approved Battery Compliance Scheme (BCS) by 15 October 2009. A list of approved Battery Compliance Schemes is available from the UK Environment Agency website

UK Battery Regulations

Packaging requirements

Smaller businesses with a turnover between £2 - £5m can meet their obligations by having a recycling obligation allocated to them.

Companies meeting their obligations individually are required to register with the UK Environment Agency and supply data annually to prove compliance with the recycling / recovery targets

Thresholds

The regulations only apply to businesses which:

  • have an annual turnover above £2 million; and
  • handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging per year

UK Packaging Regulations

Meeting the requirements

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