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Portable battery producers responsibilities

Portable battery producer responsibilities

What you must do

If you place portable batteries on the UK market, either included with electrical equipment or separately, you must join a battery compliance scheme (BCS) or register directly with either:

  • the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)
  • the Scottish Environment protection Agency (SEPA).

Battery compliance schemes

If you place more than one tonne of portable batteries per year on the UK market, you must join one of several approved BCSs by 15 October in the year preceding the compliance year. If you do not know by 15 October if you will be placing batteries on the market in the forthcoming compliance year, you must join a compliance scheme within 28 days of when you start placing batteries on the market. BCS act on behalf of producers of portable batteries to meet their collection and recycling obligations. You should consider the services each BCS offers and the associated costs.

You must provide your BCS with the sales data it requires.

A BCS takes responsibility for:

  • registering producers on the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD)
  • reporting sales data
  • publicity and collection
  • making sure waste portable batteries are treated and recycled
  • reporting recycling data

In Northern Ireland: BCS information on the GOV.UK website

In Scotland: SEPA: Batteries compliance schemes (BCS) information


Small producers of portable batteries

If you place one tonne or less of portable batteries per year on the UK market, you must register directly with your environmental regulator using the NPWD. The NPWD is an integrated system that maintains a register of all types of battery producer - portable, industrial and automotive.

You must register using the NPWD within 28 days of the date when you first place portable batteries on the market. You must provide information about your business and the tonnage and chemistry type of batteries you place on the market.

NIEA: Information on battery producer responsibilities

SEPA: Information on battery producer responsibilities

Environment Agency: National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) information

Record keeping

All producers must keep written records of the total amount of batteries in tonnes that they place on the market in the UK per year, every year.

Further information

GOV.UK: Battery waste - producer and supplier responsibilities

Contact your environmental regulator

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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