1st December 2009
G & P are first past the post with ABTO and ABE approval
Waste Battery collection and recycling specialist, G & P Batteries, is the first company in the UK to have achieved Environment Agency approval as both an Authorised Battery Treatment Operator (ABTO) and an Authorised Battery Exporter (ABE).
The approval confirms G & P’s ability to offer full compliance for the treatment and export of all waste batteries in the three designated categories of industrial, automotive and portable batteries. This is the latest stage of the UK Battery Regulations, which came into force in May this year.
Producers of waste automotive and industrial batteries need to ensure that their batteries end up at an ABTO or ABE, which will not change things for them greatly in most cases. However in the portable waste battery category, working with an ABTO and/or ABE is a fundamental part of the new legislation, which has seen the creation of seven Battery Compliance Schemes tasked with delivering the collection and recycling targets in the UK.
“For G & P, the approvals are simply rubber stamping procedures that we have had in place for some time,” said Managing Director Michael Green. “However, it is very pleasing to be first past the post as a recognised ABTO and ABE. Next year will see a major escalation in the collection of portable waste batteries as the Battery Compliance Schemes start operating officially, with some tough targets to achieve. The 2010 collection target is 10% of batteries produced. When you consider that this year’s collection rate is around 3% it is clear that they are facing quite a challenge.
“We hope that our approvals will give peace of mind to our Compliance Scheme customers – and indeed all our customers – that our proven experience can help them achieve their targets.
ABTOs and ABEs are responsible for issuing evidence to Battery Compliance Schemes of quantities of batteries recycled and for ensuring all batteries recycled meet the Regulations’ Recycling Efficiency targets.