A European Directive to ensure the safe treatment and disposal of waste batteries was published to the EC Member States in September 2006. Further to this, the Government introduced the ‘Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009’, which came into force in May that year. There are three main types of batteries that are included in this legislation:
Known as car batteries or vehicle starter batteries, these should be collected from the ‘final holder’ by a producer, when requested. The ‘final holder’ is defined as a person, who in the ordinary course of trade, occupation or profession, removes automotive batteries from vehicles. However, this free collection does not extend to private customers, who can dispose of automotive batteries at local amenities sites. Waste car batteries can also be taken to Authorised Treatment Facilities, which are approved by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) to scrap and recycle cars.
To fulfil our obligations under the terms of these regulations, Peugeot Motor Company PLC has arranged a contract with Cartakeback.com, an operator of Authorised Treatment Facilities, to guarantee that any qualifying Peugeot car battery will be taken back from the last owner or keeper at no cost.
To find your nearest Cartakeback Authorised Treatment Facility, or for more information on disposing car batteries, call 0844 669 6076 or visit the Cartakeback.com website. The Battery Registration number for Peugeot Motor Company PLC is BPRN00543.
This includes the batteries such as those used in our current electric car, the iOn. These should be taken back from the end user (or last owner or keeper), when requested. The end user should contact their local specialist iOn dealer for information on how to arrange a free take back.
This means a sealed battery that can be easily carried and is neither an automotive nor an industrial battery (e.g. a remote central locking key battery). Since May 2010, distributors have been required to offer free take back for portable batteries if they place more than 32kg of batteries on the market in a year. We have signed up to the Budget Pack Battery Compliance Scheme to ensure we meet recycling targets for portable batteries.
More information about the Waste Battery Directive can be found on the Environment Agency site.