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Extending ban on market of portable batteries containing cadmium

Battery Directive 2013/56/EU amending Directive 2006/66/EC The 2013 Directive extends the ban on the placing on the market of portable batteries and accumulators containing cadmium to portable batteries and accumulators intended for use in cordless power tools. These batteries previously benefitted from an exemption. However, this exemption is removed by the 2013 Directive.

EU regulation on battery capacity marking published

The European Council of Ministers has published the text of an EU regulation setting out the labelling requirements that display the charge capacity of automotive and rechargeable batteries.   A reduction in waste quantities could be obtained by increasing the average life-span of rechargeable batteries as would choosing the appropriate battery for an appliance. Capacity labelling information would ensure fair ...

EU considers cadmium ban for cordless power tools

The European Commission (EC) has launched a consultation that will consider a ban on cadmium in batteries for cordless power tools such as electric drills. Currently, such tools are exempt from restrictions under the batteries directive. The directive bans the sale of batteries containing 0.002% or more of cadmium by weight. Exemptions other than cordless power tools include emergency and ...

EC proposals on battery capacity

The European Commission (EC) has circulated its proposals for the capacity marking of rechargeable, or secondary, portable batteries. Currently there are no proposals for capacity labelling of primary batteries and the commission has not indicated when proposals are likely to be published for these. The EC was originally due to publish proposals in March 2009 to enter into force during ...

Environment Agency press release

The Environment Agency is urging more small businesses that make, import or sell batteries and battery-operated equipment from torches to toys to ensure they comply with new regulations aimed at reducing the environmental impact of batteries.   By now any business who placed batteries for the first time on the UK market in 2009 should have registered as a battery producer – and the first ...

How are batteries recycled?

A common question is around how batteries are recycled. There are a number of recycling processes that aim at recovering a variety of materials. Lead can be recovered by separating the different materials that make up the battery or they can be processed as a whole through a furnace with the metals recovered at the end of the process.   ...

Battery producer or not?

The new battery regulations in the UK have lead to many companies asking whether or not they are a “Producer”. Examples in the government guidance provide the following examples of producers:

Battery Directive status: UK

  Happy to promote the following note on behalf of the Environment Agency:   The UK Government has proposed new regulations, expected to be introduced in May 2009, relating to the collection, treatment and recycling of batteries in the UK.   Under the proposals, anyone placing portable batteries/accumulators – or products containing portable batteries/accumulators – onto the UK market for the ...