Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Batteries regulations

There are two main pieces of environmental legislation that relate specifically to batteries. These set out restrictions on the use of mercury and cadmium in new batteries, labelling requirements and removability of waste batteries from appliances. They also establish a framework for the separate collection, treatment and recycling of batteries when they become waste.

You must comply with the batteries regulations if your business:

  • manufactures batteries or equipment containing batteries
  • imports batteries into the UK for sale
  • distributes and supplies batteries
  • is involved in the separate collection, treatment, recycling or export of waste batteries for recycling.

This guideline identifies the different businesses that the regulations apply to, and the requirements under the regulations that you must comply with. It covers information on labelling, substance restrictions, removability requirements and the disposal of waste batteries and accumulators.

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