Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If you treat or recycle waste batteries you must have a permit or licence. You may also need approval to be an approved battery treatment operator (ABTO).
If you treat or recycle waste batteries you must have a waste management licence or registered exemption from your environmental regulator.
You must comply with the conditions in your licence or you can be fined or sent to prison.
If you treat waste batteries and your licence was issued before:
you must comply with the following conditions:
These conditions have been added to your licence by law.
If your licence was issued after that date, you must comply with the conditions in your licence.
You must apply to the NIEA in Northern Ireland, or SEPA in Scotland, if you want to be an ABTO in order to:
If you are an ABTO you must make sure that you:
You must achieve minimum recycling levels of:
You must keep records of the amount in tonnes of batteries you accept for treatment or recycling. You must provide the NIEA or SEPA with details of the quantity of batteries you have dealt with and the amount you received from each battery compliance scheme.
You must provide batteries evidence notes to battery compliance scheme operators to confirm the number of tonnes of batteries you have accepted for treatment in a year. You must supply battery evidence notes before 30 April in the year following each compliance period.
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