Are you disposing of waste batteries correctly? Here’s what you need to know

There is a common misconception that waste batteries can be disposed of via household tips. The Compliance People Consultant Katie Pritchard advises how organisations can dispose of waste batteries safely and in compliance with the law.

Controlled waste

Waste produced by organisations, including waste batteries, is classed as controlled waste* and in England and Wales is regulated under:

*Controlled waste is household, industrial or commercial waste that is subject to legislative requirements.

Organisations have a duty of care to ensure that their waste is disposed of in a way that does not harm the environment or human health.

Duty of care

Organisations must:

  • ensure that waste is taken to an authorised waste facility*;
  • ensure that the waste facility is authorised to receive your waste;
  • ensure that waste is collected by a registered waste carrier**;
  • obtain appropriate waste documentation in the form of waste transfer notes or waste consignment notes; and
  • keep records of waste documentation.

*An authorised waste facility is a facility that is authorised to receive waste.

**A waste carrier is a person or organisation that transports waste.

Disposing of waste batteries

Waste duty of care extends to batteries.

Organisations must:

  • segregate waste batteries;
  • store batteries in clearly labelled containers;
  • ensure waste batteries are collected by a registered waste carrier; and
  • ensure the batteries are taken to an authorised waste facility.

In summary

Organisations must not dispose of batteries via household tips. Batteries must be collected by a registered waste carrier and taken to an authorised waste facility.

For more information on waste duty of care, have a look at our waste duty of care training.

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