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National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Batteries and accumulators
We all use many different types of battery in Wales and the UK.
These batteries vary in size and chemical make-up and are either single use (primary) or rechargeable, also known as secondary batteries or accumulators.
Batteries are divided into three categories:
- industrial; and
Portable batteries include those in mobile phones or laptops and button cells which are used in watches and hearing aids.
Industrial batteries are used to power electric vehicles like golf buggies and forklift trucks while automotive batteries are found in cars, vans and buses.
Batteries can contain hazardous chemicals and other properties such as lead, mercury or cadmium. If they are not disposed of correctly they may end up in landfill, where the chemicals they contain can leak into the ground. This can cause soil and water pollution and potentially be a risk to human health and the environment.
Batteries and Accumulators Directive (2006/66/EC)
The Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators Directive (2006/66/EC) aims to:
- increase environmental performance; and
- minimise the impact that waste batteries and accumulators have on the environment.
The Directive seeks to reduce the amounts of hazardous substances which batteries and accumulators contain. These include:
- lead; and
The Directive encourages collecting and recycling waste batteries and accumulators. It also seeks to improve the environmental performance of businesses involved in the lifecycle of these products, including producers, distributors, users and recyclers.
Under the Batteries Directive:
- the UK collection and recycling rates must increase from 25% by 2012 to 45% by 2016;
- Selling certain batteries and accumulators that contain more mercury or cadmium than a fixed limit is banned;
- Recycling of the content of batteries and accumulators to produce similar products or for other purposes, must reach certain levels by September 2011. This includes 65% for lead-acid, 75% for Nickel-Cadmium and 50% on other collected batteries and accumulator waste
- disposing of untreated automotive and industrial batteries is banned; and
- using cadmium and mercury in the design or manufacture of new batteries (subject to exemption review) is restricted.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is the lead UK Government Department for the Batteries Directive.
There are two sets of UK Regulations which implement the Directive. These are:
- The Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) Regulations SI 2008/216; and
- The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations SI 2009/890.
These set out:
- restrictions on the use of mercury and cadmium in new batteries;
- labeling requirements; and
- removability of waste batteries from appliances.
They also establish a producer responsibility system for the collection, treatment and recycling of batteries when they become waste.
You must comply with the batteries regulations if your business:
- manufactures batteries or equipment containing batteries;
- imports batteries into the UK for sale;
- distributes and supplies batteries; or
- is involved in the separate collection, treatment, recycling or export of waste batteries for recycling.
Links to the Regulations are below, together with Government guidance on how the Regulations might affect you.
For more information on batteries and how this may relate to your business please see the Welsh Government’s online information service.
Useful links on batteries
This site contains information on the European Batteries Directive and the Batteries Regulations. It explains how these may affect businesses including producers, distributors, waste battery treatment sites and waste battery exporters.
Position Statement on Battery Recycling Efficiencies
The Environment Agency has issued a position statement. This gives information to treatment operators who are approved under the
Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009. It covers meeting certain recycling efficiencies for lead acid batteries, nickel cadmium batteries and other waste batteries.
Directgov advice for consumers
Directgov gives consumers information on recycling household batteries. This includes: what types of batteries can be recycled and where; and why it is important to recycle household and other batteries.
National Measurement Office
The National Measurement Office is the market surveillance authority responsible for enforcing the Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008 within the UK. This site provides information to producers on how they can ensure that their products comply with these Regulations.
European Commission - Batteries
Information from the European Commission on the Batteries Directive and legislation.