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.
|The Waste Batteries and Accumulators (Amendment) Regulations 2015|
|The Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) (Amendment) Regulations 2015|
|The Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016|
|The Hazardous Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Wales) Regulations 2015|
|The Special Waste Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004|
|The Waste (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016|
|The Environment Protection Act 1990|
|The Waste Environment (Amendment of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1993: Contaminated Land) (Scotland) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/99)|
|The Controlled Waste (Registration of Carriers and Seizure of Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 1998|
|The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2011|
|ADR – European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road|
|European Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 – CLP (Classification, Labelling & Packaging)|
|The Transfrontier Shipment of Waste (Amendment) Regulations 2014|
|The Landfill (England and Wales) (Amendments) Regulations 2005|
|The Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2013|
|The Landfill (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013|
|The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016|
|The Waste (England and Wales) (amendment) Regulations 2018|
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 Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).
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.
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.