A European Directive, to address the treatment and disposal of vehicles when they reach the end of their life, was published to the EC Member States in September 2000. This Directive gave instructions to each Member State to implement National Regulations regarding ELVs.
On the 3rd November 2003, the Government introduced the "End of Life Vehicle Regulations 2003". These Regulations implement the ELV Directive 2000/53/EC and lay down, amongst other things, the rules for the treatment, de-pollution and handling of ELVs, including the responsibility for free take back by the vehicle manufacturer of ELVs under certain conditions.
Free take back: This is implemented to take back a qualifying ELV into a treatment facility with no charge to the last owner or keeper; this includes all qualifying vehicles regardless of when they were first registered.
Qualifying Vehicles: Free take back, and the subsequent de-pollution and treatment of DS vehicles, is only guaranteed if the ELV is delivered into a treatment facility that is nominated by Citroën UK Ltd. The vehicle is complete, with all essential components, in particular the engine, transmission, coachwork, catalytic converter and wheels and has no other waste added to it.
To fulfil its obligations under the terms of these regulations, Citroën UK Ltd, has contracted with CarTakeBack.com (CTB), to guarantee that qualifying vehicles will be taken back from the last owner or keeper at no cost. The DS network of Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) meets the requirements for accessibility and capacity as laid down by the "End of Life (Producer Responsibility) Regulations 2005" and has been operational since 1st January 2006. Where no ATF exists within the accessibility limits as laid down by Regulations, a collection service will be provided.
The link to the DS CarTakeBack page is found below:
Waste battery management
The European Directive to address the treatment and disposal of waste batteries was published to the EC Member States in September 2006. This Directive gave instructions to each Member State to implement National Regulations regarding the collection and treatment of waste batteries. On the 5th May 2009, the Government introduced the “Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulation 2009”
Please note that disposal of waste industrial and automotive batteries by landfill or by incineration is banned in the UK.
All battery producers in the UK are required to be registered with the Government.
The Battery Registration number for Citroën UK Ltd is BPRN00508.
Citroën UK Ltd is complying with The Producer Responsibility Obligations, The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, through the registered Compliance Scheme, Ecosurety, Approval no. BCS2010308/E.
There are three main types of batteries considered by this legislation:
Known as car batteries or vehicle starter batteries, these should be collected from the ‘final holder’ by a producer, when requested. The ‘final holder’ is defined as a person, who in the ordinary course of trade, occupation or profession, removes automotive batteries from vehicles. However, this free collection does not extend to private customers, who can dispose of automotive batteries at local amenities sites. Waste car batteries can also be taken to Authorised Treatment Facilities, which are approved by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) to scrap and recycle cars.
To fulfil our obligations under the terms of these regulations, Citroën UK Ltd has arranged a contract with Cartakeback.com, an operator of Authorised Treatment Facilities, to guarantee that any qualifying DS car battery will be taken back from the last owner or keeper at no cost.
To find your nearest Cartakeback Authorised Treatment Facility, or for more information on disposing car batteries, call 0844 669 6076 or visit the Cartakeback.com website.
As a producer of industrial batteries under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, we (Citroën UK Ltd) produce (LEV50N 50Ah 3.75V Lithium-ion Cell & LEV75 75Ah 3.75V Lithium Ion Cell) batteries. We are obliged to take back free of charge, waste industrial batteries supplied to an end user for treatment and recycling. We are required to do this in any calendar year we place new industrial batteries on the market. If any of our customers or in certain cases other end users, require us to take back Industrial batteries, please contact your nearest DS Dealer who will agree the necessary arrangements for the return, proper treatment and recycling of the waste industrial batteries.
This means a sealed battery that can be easily carried and is neither an automotive nor an industrial battery (e.g. a remote central locking key battery). Since May 2010, distributors have been required to offer free take back for portable batteries if they place more than 32kg of batteries on the market in a year.
We have signed up to the Budget Pack Battery Compliance Scheme to ensure we meet collection targets for portable batteries.
More information about the Waste Battery Directive can be found on the Environment Agency site.