OFFICE FOR PRODUCT SAFETY AND STANDARDS
A regulatory framework that protects people and supports business growth.
Our purpose is to make regulation work, so that it protects people and enables businesses to understand their obligations.
BATTERY TAKEBACK OBLIGATIONS
Businesses must offer free takeback of waste or used batteries if they sell or supply 32kg or more of portable batteries per year. One pack of 4 AA batteries per day equals about 32kg per year. Businesses must have a collection point at all premises from where you supply batteries. This applies if you run a shop, a chain of shops or sell batteries online. You must take back any type of portable sealed battery that can be carried without difficulty by an average person.
BATTERY OBLIGATIONS FOR INDUSTRIAL; AND AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCERS
Any person in the UK who, irrespective of the method used, places batteries, including those already in appliances or vehicles, on the UK market for the first time, on a professional basis.
Examples of producers: a company with a UK presence that imports batteries into the UK and then sells them wholesale in the UK
Examples of non-producers: a company that imports batteries into the UK and then sells them overseas without placing any on the UK market
WASTE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT - DISTRIBUTOR OBLIGATIONS
The Office for Product Safety & Standards enforces The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE); specifically, the distributor obligations. Obligations include:
Accepting WEEE for free from customers purchasing like-for-like products, regardless of whether this is done in store, online or by mail order. Where a take back WEEE service is offered, retain relevant documentation of WEEE returned for at least four years. Where a take back WEEE service is not offered, join a Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) and direct end users to their local authority recycling centres. Provide customers access to written information on the service provided, what they should do with their WEEE and the meaning of the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol.
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