Friday 28th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Battery disposal warning

Battery disposal warning

Companies that operate forklift trucks could be in for a rude awakening if they don’t update the way they dispose of their spent batteries, Hoppecke has warned.

Rules covering battery disposal have been toughened, with new regulations from the Defra stating that exhausted industrial batteries must now be recycled and not sold to unregistered scrap dealers.

Scrap dealers must have a valid licence or the transaction will be considered to be illegal.

David Millet of Hoppecke, which  has a licence for reselling exhausted batteries, said: “These latest changes mean that in the future it will no longer be enough for companies with a fleet of fork lift trucks to hand their spent batteries to a ‘guy’ who has a garage down the road. Now they need to take real responsibility for what happens to their batteries.”