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
- 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 Environment Agency 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