DEFRA have issued a short consultation asking for views on whether to amend the Government Guidance Notes on the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 to provide clarity on the definition of what constitutes a “portable” battery. DEFRA propose to amend the guidance to introduce a single weight threshold of 4 kg so that any battery weighing below this will be considered to be able to be “hand-carried” and thus portable.
The consultation is asking for views on this proposed change and also seeking views on the impact of a 3 kg limit. It is not clear when the results of the consultation are likely to come into effect, although we anticipate this may occur midway through 2015. Valpak have prepared a response to this consultation which can be found here. The consultation closes on 22 February 2015.
A summary of this consultation can be here and the full consultation documentation can be found here.
We welcome feedback from our members, if you have any questions or comments please contact Lucy Singleton by 18 February 2015, firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone on
01789 208 723.