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Batteries

Information for manufacturers, importers and distributors of batteries, battery compliance schemes, treatment operators and exporters of waste batteries


Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 require an increasing proportion of portable batteries placed on the UK market to be collected for recycling. The target for 2013 is 30%, reaching 45% by 2016. It also prohibits waste industrial and automotive batteries from going to landfill or incinerator.

Important changes to electronic payments

Our bank details have changed. If you want to pay for your permit or licence application by electronic transfer, use our new bank information below. Please look at the ‘Our charges’ section of our website for full details of the changes.

New information
Company name:  Natural Resources Wales 
Company address:     Income Department, PO BOX 663, Cardiff, CF24 0TP
Bank: RBS
Address: National Westminster Bank Plc., 2 1/2 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4BA 
Sort code:  60-70-80 
Account number: 10014438

We will update our forms as soon as possible, but please use the new bank information on Our Charges page when making electronic payments from now on. Do not use the details given in our permit/ licence application forms and guidance if they are different to those above.

Find out if you are a producer of batteries

If your business has a UK presence and puts batteries onto the UK market for the first time, then you are a producer. This includes batteries in appliances and vehicles. If you buy batteries from a UK supplier, you would not normally be considered a battery producer. Your specific obligations will vary depending on the type and amount of batteries you produce.

How to register as a battery producer

If you are a producer of portable batteries you will need to register, either with the Natural Resources Wales (small producers) or with a producer compliance scheme (large producers) who will act on your behalf. You must also register with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) if you produce industrial or automotive batteries.

Large producer - portable batteries

If you place more than one tonne of portable batteries on the UK market each year you are a large producer. You must join a battery producer compliance scheme who'll arrange for collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries on your behalf.

View public register of battery producer compliance schemes on the national packaging waste database.

Small producer - portable batteries

If you place one tonne or less of portable batteries on the UK market you're classified as a small producer. You must register with us and provide annual data on the amount of portable batteries you have placed on the UK market.

Register as a small producer on the national packaging waste database.

Producers of industrial and automotive batteries

You must register online using the National Packaging Waste Database within four weeks of first placing any batteries on the UK market. Your registration will be with BIS.

What you need to do if you are a distributor

If you supply over 32kg of portable batteries each year you will be required to provide a take back service for waste portable batteries from end users.

Find out more on the vehicle certification agency’s website

You may be both a producer and a distributor and you will need to comply with the obligations for both categories.

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