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BATTERIES REGULATIONS
The Government has laid regulations relating to the collection, treatment and recycling of batteries in the UK which came into force on 1 February 2010.

Anyone who places portable batteries/accumulators – or products containing portable batteries/accumulators – onto the UK market for the first time will be classified as a battery producer. This includes retailers and importers, as well as wholesalers who import portable batteries/accumulators to place on the UK market.

Producers who place more than 1 tonne of portable batteries onto the UK market each year, must pay for the collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of waste batteries, in proportion to their market share. They do this by joining a Battery Compliance Scheme which arranges for the collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries for them.

Producers who place less than 1 tonne of portable batteries onto the UK market each year do not have to pay for the collection and treatment of waste portable batteries but they are required to register themselves with their local environment agency.

Retailers selling more than 32 kg of portable batteries/ accumulators each year are classified as distributors. They are required to take batteries back in-store free of charge.

More information can be found by:
- Visiting the Environment Agency's website at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/batteries
- Emailing a query to batteries@environment-agency.gov.uk
- Calling the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506
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