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RS chooses BatteryBack for recycling of waste batteries

RS Components is pleased to announce the launch of its battery recycling service for customers in accordance with Part 2 of The Batteries Directive, The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, which came into force on 1st Feb 2010.

As a producer of batteries, RS has registered with the recycling scheme operated by BatteryBack. Most portable and industrial batteries can be recycled at RS Trade Counters, alternatively BatteryBack has now established over 2000 battery collection points, a figure that is growing daily and aims to have 30,000 sites by the end of 2010 and over 60,000 by the end of 2012. RS customers can also arrange for BatteryBack to collect waste batteries free-of-charge from their premises, provided the weight of portable batteries exceeds 30kg.

UK Battery Recycling Targets

In 2008, the UK only recycled 2.8% of all batteries put onto the market, with the vast majority of waste batteries being disposed of in landfill sites. Most batteries contain heavy metals, and are a significant cause for environmental concern. When disposed of incorrectly, these heavy metals may leak into the ground when the battery casing corrodes. This can contribute to soil and water pollution and endanger wildlife. The new legislation has set a target for recycling of 25% by 2012, and 45% by 2016, which RS is committed to helping to achieve.

Already compliant with Part 1 of The Batteries Directive - The Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008, RS is also fully compliant with Part 2, The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, which came into force on 1st Feb 2010.

Both parts of the Directive apply to all types of batteries and accumulators, regardless of their shape, volume, weight, material composition or use (industrial, automotive and portable), placed on the EU market on or after 26 September 2008.

Part 1 defines the requirements for placing batteries and accumulators on the market including battery labelling and design, while Part 2, covers the remaining provisions relating the collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries and accumulators.

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