What to look for when choosing a battery recycling company: Licences.

July 15, 2022

As the production and use of batteries in the UK continuously rises, more and more businesses are looking for a suitable battery recycling company to handle all their end-of-life (EOL) batteries.

However, batteries are classed as hazardous waste and if not handled, treated and disposed of correctly they can not only pose a huge health and safety risk but can be damaging for the environment too.

Recycling and waste management companies in the UK must hold certain types of licences to permit them to deal with batteries.


Any recycling company that treats and recycles waste portable. Industrial and automotive batteries in the UK must be an Environment Agency (EA) Approved Battery Treatment Operator (ABTO).


If the recycling company exports any waste industrial, automotive and portable batteries within the UK they must be an Environment Agency Approved Battery Exporter (ABE).

Approved or Appropriate Person

A recycling company must have an appropriate person who is approved to submit data returns on the battery waste their company treats or exports.

Environmental Permits

To recycle any material in the UK a recycling company must hold an EA approved Environmental Permit.

ADR Approved Packaging

Batteries fall under hazardous and at times dangerous goods and as a result require specialist approved packaging and transportation. This approval process is called ADR and requires packaging and transportation to pass through the official ADR tests.

Companies that are looking to recycle their batteries must ensure that the company they are using holds the necessary accreditation and licences.

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