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Battery compliance scheme operators responsibilities

Battery compliance scheme operator responsibilities

If you want to operate as a battery compliance scheme (BCS) you must apply between 15 April and 15 May in the year before you wish to operate.

Your application must be in writing, signed and include:

  • full details of the applicant
  • payment of the scheme application charge.

All applications are subject to approval by either:

  • the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)
  • the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

What you must do

Duties of a BCS

You must:

  • maintain data records of all scheme members
  • make sure that all members have registered with the NIEA or SEPA cover the costs of collection, treatment and recycling of all batteries that the scheme members are responsible for, and batteries collected in excess of these requirements
  • cover the costs of an information campaign to let customers know what they should do with their waste batteries
  • keep records of all batteries produced by scheme members
  • keep records of all batteries the scheme has collected.

You must submit a declaration of compliance to the NIEA for each compliance period no later than 31 May in the following year.

Northern Ireland: Information on becoming a BCS operator on the DAERA website

Scotland: SEPA: Information for BCS operators

In this Guideline

Businesses affected by the batteries regulations

Identifying different battery types

Substance restrictions and battery labelling

Industrial and automotive battery producers responsibilites

Portable battery producers responsibilities

Portable batteries: distributor and retailer responsibilities

How end users can recycle batteries

Treating or recycling waste batteries

Exporting waste batteries

Battery compliance scheme operators responsibilities

Batteries: Environmental legislation

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NIEA - Apply online

SEPA - Application forms