When the clock strikes 12:00 a.m. in the U.K. on Dec. 31, manufacturers of automotive and industrial batteries in the U.K. will become responsible to arrange the collection, treatment and recycling of such batteries, free of charge, if requested by business end-users and final holders. The new regulations will also require battery manufacturers to register as battery makers and to report on waste batteries collected and sent for recycling.
“These regulations are designed to complement the excellent recycling rates traditionally achieved for industrial and automotive batteries,” said Ian Lucas, Minister for Business and Regulatory Reform. “In simple terms, business users of industrial batteries, and final holders of automotive batteries, such as garages, End-of-Life Vehicle authorised treatment facilities, and Civic Amenity site operators, will no longer be faced with the costs that may be incurred through recycling scrap batteries. These costs will now be met by the producers.”
The new law will help ease concerns about the sustainability of automotive batteries as car-makers become increasingly dependant on them as a primary source for powering their cars. The U.K. has been tightening regulations on battery recycling overall in recent years and has very ambitious goals for ensuring that batteries of all shapes, sizes and chemistry’s end up being recycled and kept from finding their way into landfills.
Category: Battery Resources