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Batteries step nearer a more sustainable society

26 August 2008

Regulations that set the framework for businesses wishing to put batteries on the UK market from 26 September 2008 were published today after being made by Department for Business Minister, Malcolm Wicks. The Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008 set out the technical requirements with which producers of batteries, and battery-powered appliances, must comply from 26 September 2008.

Battery regulations another step towards a more sustainable society
Battery regulations another step towards a more sustainable society

The Regulations aim to facilitate the free movement of compliant batteries across the EU; protect the environment by reducing the levels of heavy metals they are allowed to contain; and introduce a labelling regime in preparation for coming "producer responsibility" legislation designed to achieve high collection and recycling rates

The regulations include restrictions on the use of mercury and cadmium in the manufacture of batteries, unless they are to be used in specific exempt appliances, or in industrial applications, in the case of cadmium. Manufacturers are also being required to incorporate into certain appliances a way in which waste batteries can be readily removed.

Energy Minister, Malcolm Wicks said, "Our Battery Regulations add to the measures that this Government has put in place to reduce the impact of waste products on the environment.

"They represent a big first step towards implementing the Batteries Directive as a whole and provide positive contribution to the workings of the Internal Market and provide a foundation for reducing the environmental impact of the many millions of portable, industrial and automotive batteries used in the UK each year."

The Regulations will apply to all batteries and accumulators - no matter their type or where they are manufactured, whether in the UK, the EU or imported from outside of the Community, and whether sold loose or incorporated into appliances.

The Regulations also set out the enforcement regime in the UK, which will ensure a level playing field for anyone placing batteries on the market. An enforcement authority is to be appointed by the Department for Business.

Batteries and accumulators that do not meet the new requirements should not be placed on the EU market on or after

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