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Clarity on waste battery definition

Written on December 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Clarity at last on waste battery definition

After years of confusion on the definition of a portable battery the Government has finally clarified that only batteries weighing 4kg and under will be classified as portable.

Manbat’s sister company, G & P Batteries hopes this news will reduce the huge disparity between the number of lead acid batteries being placed on and appearing to be taken off the market.

As a leading waste battery collector, G & P has been concerned for some years about the over-dependence on lead acid batteries by the UK in meeting its portable battery recycling targets. With the definition of a portable battery now clear, the company hope to see more efforts being made to recycle a wider range of battery chemistries which will bring the UK into line with the recycling activities in other European countries.

Before the clarification, industrial batteries weighing between 4kg and 10kg were often classed as portable batteries, depending on their size, shape and appearance, which caused the disparity in figures under the Waste Battery Regulations.

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