Ecobat Technologies – completing the recycling-cycle

Manbat’s parent company, Ecobat Technologies, is the world’s largest producer of lead and lead alloys, incorporating 17 smelting and production facilities throughout Europe, the United States and South Africa. Ecobat’s core product, lead, is used across a wide range of industries including the production of lead-acid batteries.

Manbat is unique amongst battery suppliers in that their parent company is able to recover old batteries, refine the lead and chemical content, and refeed the recovered materials back to the lead battery industry for the production of new batteries, thus completing the cycle.

ECOBAT Technologies today is the only company worldwide which operates a closed recycling loop for lead-acid batteries.

Below you will find some guidance to ensuring compliance.

How do I return my scrap batteries to Ecobat?

The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 require that you must be registered with the Environment Agency as a producer of hazardous waste, if you produce more than 500kg of hazardous waste per annum. Examples of hazardous waste are batteries, fluorescent tubes, oil filters, tyres, waste engine oil etc. The current registration cost is £18 per site, once registration has been carried out you will be issued with a premises code, this must be quoted when requesting waste collections. You must telephone your local Manbat branch and they will request you complete a ‘Request for Scrap Battery Collection – Haz Form 2’ and return to the branch. We can make regular, small collections from your site; alternatively if you have the necessary storage space, we can provide a specific waste battery container for bulk collections.

Ecobat can assist you with your Environmental compliance and carry out the registrations on your behalf; we will manage this ongoing to ensure that you remain compliant. We currently charge an administration fee of £7, which is added to the Environment Agency charge of £18 per site. If you would like this service, please complete and return a ‘Hazardous Waste Registration Request – ‘Haz Form 1’.

When the batteries have been collected you will be issued with a hazardous waste consignment note, this must be retained for 3 years in the event that the Environment Agency require proof that you have legally arranged disposal of your hazardous waste.

What type of batteries can I return?

Lead acid batteries form part of our routine waste collections. Other types of batteries i.e. nickel cadmium, alkaline and lithium can only be collected by special arrangement and will incur charges due to the high processing costs of these types of battery. Please speak with the Compliance Department to make arrangements for these waste battery collections.

Are there any specific requirements regarding the storage of waste batteries?

Waste batteries must be stored in sealed, approved containers, in order to prevent leakage of sulphuric acid onto surface areas, ground and water systems. Battery storage bins can be obtained by contacting your local Manbat branch who will make arrangements for the delivery of these to your specific site.

There are restrictions upon the volume of waste batteries that can be stored on site, under the ‘S2’ Low Risk Exemption, framework enacted by the Environment Agency. A maximum of 10 battery bins or 10,000kg may be stored at any period on each site.

Battery bins must be filled carefully to maximise the space and avoid where possible overturn and excessive damage of batteries. Waste collections must only be arranged if the battery bin is completely full, this ensures that the bin weight exceeds 800kg. If bin volumes do not meet this requirement, then charges will be made for the collection.

If I want to collect scrap batteries from my customers on a regular basis, what do I have to do to ensure compliance?

You must be registered as a waste carrier/broker with the Environment Agency. This costs £154 and is valid for 3 years.

You must register each of your premises with the Environment Agency as a low risk exemption; storage of hazardous waste at your site, which has been produced by other businesses. There is currently no cost for this registration.

For every collection / receipt of waste batteries you make, whether single battery or multiple batteries, you must provide your customer with a hazardous waste consignment note. This note must be in duplicate, you must retain a copy of it for your records. Consignment notes must be retained for 3 years.

All consignment notes produced are subject to reporting requirements from the Environment Agency. This must be done using their specific format and reported on a quarterly basis thus; Jan – Mar; April – June; Jul – Sept; Oct – Dec. Each consignment note will be charged at £10.00 and an invoice is raised against you as the consignee.

Environmental policy

Manbat Ltd is fully aware of the impact any industrial process can have on the environment, and view their involvement in the waste management industry as an opportunity to be proactive in Environmental matters wherever possible.

We believe, therefore, that we have a commitment to:

  1. Maintain the accepted environmental standards of treatment, ensuring full compliance with existing legislation and to ensure that all employees are trained to these standards and kept abreast of new developments and changes in legislation.
  2. Work within the Company’s operating practices and maintain records as required under ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001.
  3. Maintain the highest standard of environmental awareness and compliance throughout the Company and wherever possible, recycle materials used within our own Company function.
  4. Evaluate all material in accordance with our procedures and develop recycling and recovery alternatives where practicable.
  5. Continually invest in methods and options to improve the efficiency of our activities so as to reduce the use of energy – non-renewable sources in particular.
  6. Provide a service along with documentation that will enable our customers to fulfil their Duty of Care and legal obligations under environmental legislation.
  7. Provide information and guidance on environmental issues to our customers on an ongoing basis.
  8. Listen to and act upon, the demands of customers to give the best practicable environmental option.

This policy will be continually reviewed and revised to ensure that our environmental objectives are achieved.

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