The European Batteries Directive aims to improve the environmental performance of batteries and accumulators and minimise their impact on the environment. One of the key ways the Directive achieves this is through the setting up of collection and recycling targets for waste portable batteries.
The UK regulations transposing these requirements into UK law came into force on 5 May 2009, introducing a series of measures. These included producer responsibility for battery collection and recycling and introducing collection targets of 25% to be reached by 2012 and 45% to be reached by 2016.
The BIPBA continues to engage with Government and stakeholders within the industry to ensure that the industry works together to ensure that targets are met and consumers are aware of the recycling opportunities available to them.
The Batteries Directive, published on 26 September 2006 (pdf, 408 kB)
The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 (pdf, 276 kB)
Defra advisory note on storage and transport of waste portable batteries (pdf, 435 kB)
UK Guidance on batteries: Placing on the market regulations (pdf, 137 kB)
UK Batteries and Accumulators: Placing on the Market Regulations (pdf, 104 kB)