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

Our recycling process
Recycling options: After a site has collected and sorted batteries and chargers to be recycled, the collection point makes a request for the collection to take place.
When should a site request a collection?
Collections can be arranged when a site has either 2 full liners alongside the current barrel or a full 60kg container.
How do collections take place?

  1. The site requests a collection via their account manager, calling EcoSurety direct or emailing them.
  2. The site provides the number of full containers to be removed and the number of empty containers required to replace them.
  3. A registered waste carrier will then collect said containers within 2 weeks.
  4. The driver will supply a Waste Transfer Note as a record.

What happens after a collection?
Once a collection has taken place, the logistics team will state the weight of the collected goods on the portal.

• 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, AllBatteries, 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.
AllBatteries 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.