Despite the consultation closing in September, Defra have been forced to postpone the publication of guidance for the definition of portable batteries after an error was found in the data used to inform the consultation. An announcement was made for Hand carried batteries guidance to change back in October but the government have been forced to take another consultation on proposals to amend the definition which will start in Spring of 2014.
The announcement on the National Packaging Waste Database states that: “Taking into account the consultation responses received thus far, Defra is in the process of revising the consultation document and costs analysis on the proposed changes to the definition of a portable battery.”
“Subject to government processes, they plan to consult again near in spring 2014. Industry should continue to use the current guidance on the definition of a “portable” battery.” Said Defra in the announcement on the NPWD website.
The consultation held back in September proposed a 3kg threshold to be introduced to better inform the ‘hand carried’ criteria for portable batteries. Estimates from Defra implied that the change in definition would increase the average costs of producer compliance from £945 per tonne to £1,400 per tonne. The error which has forced the government backtrack on redefining the hand carried criteria for portable batteries is believed to relate to the estimated changes in the cost of compliance for battery producers.
Producer compliance scheme Comply Direct will inform members when the consultation reopens in the Spring of 2014 and will provide updates on the results.
Alternatively, please get in touch with the Comply Direct Batteries team to discuss the Batteries and Accumulators Waste Regulations and Batteries compliance.