Sustainable development

Our sustainable development commitment

  1. We limit our environmental footprint by:
    • Offering a large range of environmentally friendly products, such as rechargeable products and LED lightbulbs
    • We use reduced-emission shipping methods, for example by sea, where possible.
    • Striving to become a paperless company
  2. Moving forward with our suppliers and customers:
    • Have a sustainable development charter for our suppliers
    • Offer environmental choices with E-orders, E-invoices and our recycling process
  3. We play our part:
    • Adherence to Eco-Packaging, which encourages us to develop more easily recyclable packaging, with the least possible impact on the environment.
    • Provision of information and advice on our website

Waste Battery Collection Service

Upergy Ltd offers a complimentary service for the collection and safe treatment and disposal of our waste batteries through its partnership with waste collection scheme EcoSurety ltd. Please do not hesitate to ask your account manager for more information.

Below are the current collection receptacles available for your site(s):

1. Small battery bucket packs

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  • Two buckets with three liner bags and guidance stickers included.
  • Free provision and shipping to customers with any order.
  • Free collection once all three liners are full.

2. Small barrel 30 litres 52cm x 33cm / Medium barrel 120 litres 104cm x 66cm

small-barrel

  • Delivered for free to sites provided they can fill the barrel within about 6 months.
  • These may take approximately 10 working days to be delivered by EcoSurety.
  • Once nearly full, request a collection and replacement barrel if required.

3. Large barrel 220 litres 93cm x 57cm

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  • Large barrels can hold approximately 300kg of batteries.
  • Delivered for free to sites provided they can fill the barrel within about 6 months, (so collecting around 600kg of waste batteries per year.)
  • These may take approximately 10 working days to be delivered by EcoSurety.

Please refer to: UKQ-05a-0303 Battery Disposal, Recycling and Destruction for terms and conditions, guidance and information on charges that may apply in certain circumstances

Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009

As a producer of industrial batteries under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, Enix Energies produce lithium, lead-acid, NiMH and NiCD batteries. We are obliged to take back free of charge, waste industrial batteries supplied to an end user for treatment and recycling. We are required to do this in any calendar year we place new industrial batteries on the market. If any of our customers or in certain cases other end users, require us to take back Industrial batteries, they should contact us at quality@upergy.com or on 0121 506 8600. We will agree the necessary arrangements for the return, proper treatment and recycling of the waste industrial batteries.

As a producer of automotive batteries under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, Enix Energies is obliged to collect, free of charge and within a reasonable time, waste automotive batteries for treatment and recycling from final holders e.g. garages, scrap yards, end-of-life vehicle Authorised Treatment Facilities, Civic Amenity Sites, etc. We are required to do this in any calendar year we place new automotive batteries on the market. If you require us to take back any automotive batteries, please contact us at quality@upergy.com. We will agree the necessary arrangements for the collection, proper treatment and recycling of the waste automotive batteries.

In addition to this, the manufacturing and assembly processes are in accordance with the ISO certification conditions (ISO 9001 and ISO 14001).

RULES & REGULATIONS

• Battery disposal:
UK regulation stipulates specific obligations in relation to waste batteries depending on their type, but all require registration with the appropriate environmental regulator via the National Waste Packaging Database and the annual provision of information. Producers of automotive batteries must collect waste automotive batteries for free from their final holders, such as garages and scrapyards. Producers of industrial batteries must take back waste industrial batteries for free from end users, if they supply them with new batteries and in certain other circumstances. Producers of portable batteries that place more than 1 tonne a year on the market must join a Battery Compliance Scheme (BCS), which handles the registration process for them. The guiding principles of the various arrangements are that all waste batteries are processed by an Approved Battery Treatment Operator (ABTO) or an Approved Battery Exporter (ABE) and that producers pay for their collection, treatment and recycling. Finally, distributors and retailers that sell or supply more than 32 kg of batteries a year must participate in the take back scheme. This involves providing a free collection point for waste portable batteries at their premises and arranging their transport to an ABTO or ABE, usually through a BCS.

• RoHS Directive (2002/95/CE):
European Directive RoHS (limiting the use of certain dangerous substances in electrical and electronic equipment) specifically restricts the use of certain dangerous substances in the production of various types of electrical and electronic equipment, including lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and polybrominated biphenyls.

This directive forms part of the Environmental Directive of the European Union in cooperation with the local Electrical and Electronic Equipment Waste authorities. Batteries are not subject to the RoHS directive. The Technical Adaptation Committee (TAC) under the appointment of the DEE and RoHS has established, further to December 17 2003 conference, that the above legislation does not apply to batteries. Despite the fact that the RoHS directive does not pertain to batteries, Enix Energies, in recognition of the environment and the dangerous nature of these substances, promotes the use of unleaded soldering in the assembly of battery packs. Certain suppliers have followed our example and are also promoting the use of unleaded soldering in battery manufacturing.

• Battery packaging and transportation:
Products containing lithium and other chemical substances represent a certain risk to those individuals directly involved in their handling, production and transportation. As such there are strict regulations, guidelines and quality control standards which must be adhered to at all times in the production and handling of these products: UN/ST/SG/AC-10-01.

Enix Energies complies with the regulation using specific packaging materials and providing information documents. We will also carry out all necessary tests for your products to be transported safely.

• Last European Directive (2006/66/CEE):
A new European directive (2006/66/CEE) concerning batteries and chargers was published in the official European Union journal on the 26th September 2006, repealing the previous directive (91/157/CEE). The articles concerning batteries and chargers are as follows:

Article 2. Scope: Applies to all batteries and battery packs, whether or not they are incorporated into an application, except for those made specifically for military purposes or equipment designed to be sent into space.

Article 4. Prohibited from being placed on the market: batteries containing more than 0.0005% of mercury in weight, except for button cells with a mercury content of no more than 2% in weight; batteries containing more than 0.002% of cadmium in weight, except for those intended for use in emergency and alarm systems, including emergency lighting, medical equipment or cordless power tools.

Article 21. Labelling: All battery packs must be appropriately marked with the ‘crossed out wheelie bin’ symbol as shown.

REACH Directive: Importers of goods such as batteries must meet all requirements depicted in articles 7 & 2. Only goods containing a concentration of more than 0.1% in weight are concerned by REACH regulations. Substances intended for research or development are exempt from the REACH directive for 5 years if utilisation has been classified as such. Exemptions in the interest of defence can be provided by different State members. The regulation provides a system of data sheets for the security regarding dangerous substances. Restrictions are given for substances listed in index 17 and a prohibition without specific authorisation for substances of very high concern.