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General Information on Legislation

The hazardous nature of waste batteries means that they are governed by many different kinds of legislation to ensure safe storage, handling, transportation and recycling. If you generate waste batteries then you must be familiar with the relevant legislation and must use compliant collection and recycling companies to dispose of your waste.

RELEVANT LEGISLATION:

  bullet point The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009
  bullet point The Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008
  bullet point The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 – England and Wales
  bullet point The Special Waste Regulations 1996 (Scotland); The Special Waste Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004; The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2011
  bullet point The Hazardous Waste Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005
  bullet point The Environment Protection Act 1990, Part II
  bullet point The Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991
  bullet point The Controlled Waste (Registration of Carriers and Seizure of Vehicles) Regulations 1991
  bullet point The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009
  bullet point ADR – European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road
  bullet point The Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulations 2010
  bullet point The Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007
  bullet point Landfill Regulations 2002
  bullet point Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2012
  bullet point Waste (England & Wales) Regulations 2011

GENERAL GUIDANCE FROM G & P

The waste producer remains responsible for the description of the waste and its disposal. It is therefore extremely important that the types of batteries for collection are adequately and accurately described.

G & P Batteries is committed to helping businesses meet their responsibilities towards battery waste. The company has specialist knowledge of the legal issues surrounding the disposal of batteries and a strong social and environmental policy that ensures, wherever possible, that all waste is recycled not only compliantly but also in the most cost effective manner.

The regulations affecting the storage, transport and disposal of waste batteries are enforced by the Environment Agency (EA) in England and Wales, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency in Scotland (SEPA) and the Environmental and Heritage Service in Northern Ireland (EHSNI).

As a producer of waste batteries you have a duty of care to ensure that such waste is correctly stored on your premises and that it is being transported compliantly to its final destination for disposal or recycling. You must be able to prove that you have considered the waste hierarchy and checked the credentials of your waste collection and disposal company for full compliance with all current legislation. G & P meets all the required criteria, giving you peace of mind that by using our company you are meeting the necessary legal requirements. Copies of our current licences can be downloaded here.

PENALTIES

The penalties for failing to comply with the relevant environmental legislation are severe. Unlimited fines and/or imprisonment for up to 2 years can be imposed.