Waste management firm warns deadline for registration is fast approaching

Valpak urges channel to sign up for battery compliance scheme

Valpak is urging channel retailers and resellers to sign up to its battery waste compliance scheme ahead of new regulations becoming active this month.

The waste management firm is hoping that the impending deadline will help to encourage channel firms who fall under the new regulations, to register with the firm’s compliance scheme.

Valpak chief executive Steve Gough was confident that his firm could help retailers and resellers avoid a repeat of the horror of the WEEE rollout. "We are confident that we will successfully comply for all businesses who wish to join us, but we would recommend that producers act now to ensure that we are able to fit them into the scheme.

However, the firm isn’t planning to go it alone, and has said that it will be working with current schemes to ensure that there are no problems when the law comes into force. "We are aware of a number of existing collection systems which have started early to meet customer and council tax demands for batteries recycling.

"These schemes have the experience and understanding of the scale of the task ahead, and Valpak will work with a number of these schemes, as well as a number of new initiatives, to ensure that we can build early foundations for successful compliance with the regulations in the UK.

However, Gough was not prepared to underestimate the challenge ahead: "The task at hand is challenging to get to 25 per cent, but so was the timeframe for WEEE. By working with others, planning well in advance of the regulations becoming live and by committing staff and resource now, we are confident that Valpak can offer a strong service in this area."

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