Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If you export waste batteries you may need approval to be an approved battery exporter (ABE).
You must apply to either:
if you want to be and ABE, in order to:
If you are an ABE, you must ensure that the overseas business that accepts the batteries for treatment:
You must ensure that the overseas business that treats or recycles the waste batteries achieves minimum recycling levels of:
These conditions apply to businesses that operate in the European Economic Area (EEA) and those based outside the EEA.
You must keep records of the total amount in tonnes of batteries that you have exported for treatment or recycling. You must provide the NIEA or SEPA with details of the quantity of batteries you have exported and the amount you received from each battery compliance scheme.
If you plan to partially treat batteries before exporting them you must register as an approved battery treatment operator. You will have to keep records of the total amount of batteries in tonnes that you treat. See the page in this guideline on Treating or recycling waste batteries.
You must provide battery evidence notes to the operators of battery compliance schemes to confirm the number of tonnes of batteries you have exported in a year. You must supply battery evidence notes before 30 April in the following year.
Exporting waste batteries
SEPA Special Waste Consignment Notes – updated position, The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is now accepting special waste consignment notes (SWCNs) by email only.
DAERA Waste Policy Tracker, The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has published a Waste policy tracker to stay informed of waste policy developments.
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