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The UK’s largest engineering design consultancy,
Atkins, is supporting the call from the Environment
Batteries regulations reminder for small businesses
Agency to the UK Government to guarantee sufficient The Environment Agency is urging more small businesses
spending on flood defences in the wake of the £3.2 that make, import or sell batteries and battery-operated
billion bill from the summer floods. equipment from torches to toys to ensure they comply with
The Environment Agency have said that investment in
new regulations aimed at reducing the environmental impact
building and maintaining flood defences would have
of batteries.
to almost double to GBP1 billion a year by 2035 to By now any business who placed batteries for the first time
keep pace with climate change impacts. It warned on the UK market in 2009 should have registered as a battery
that unless this happened the average annual cost of producer – and the first deadline for submitting batteries
flood damage could rise by 60% over that period. data for 2009 is 31 January 2010.
Both actions are new responsibilities under the Waste
Batteries & Accumulators Regulations that came into force
Silverdell PLC, the specialist asbestos removal
in 2009. The regulations set out how all types of waste
and regulatory, environmental-compliance group, has
batteries and re-chargeable batteries are collected, treated
announced that it has secured four major contracts.
and recycled in the UK.
The first contract is for Phase Four of the Shell
To help businesses prepare for the new
Tower renewal project on London’s Southbank.
regulations, the Environment Agency has
Working directly for Shell Real Estate as Principal
worked closely with industry, trade
Contractor, the £3.5m phase is due for completion by
associations, the waste management
June of this year.
industry and trade media. Guidance and
The Group has secured a framework contract for a updates for business have been published
London Borough and a further two contracts with on the Environment Agency’s and Netregs’s
borough councils in the South East of England. websites. Leaflets and regular information
These contracts run through to 2015. bulletins have also been issued.
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