As a producer of industrial batteries, under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, we, Accutronics Limited, produce lithium ion and nickel metal hydride 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, they should contact us at Accutronics Limited at Unit 20, Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 7LB, or telephone 01782 566622 or e-mail We will agree the necessary arrangements for the return, proper treatment and recycling of the waste industrial batteries.

Questions and Answers

Q: What is the definition of an industrial battery?

(i) Designed exclusively for professional or industrial uses, eg as backup and emergency supplies of electricity
(ii) Used to power machines and vehicles such as forklifts or wheelchairs
(iii) Unsealed but are not automotive batteries, or
(iv) Sealed but are not portable batteries.

Q: How should I return industrial batteries to Accutronics?

You must first contact us to register your return and to receive a returns reference number. Batteries must be packed safely and in accordance with the regulations laid down by the courier you intend to use.

Q: Can I return any type of battery to Accutronics?

Unfortunately not, due to the scope of the current legislation Accutronics can only take back industrial batteries of either NiMH or LiIon chemistries. If you have an industrial battery of another chemistry (such as Nickel Cadmium or Lead Acid) or a non rechargeable portable battery (Zinc carbon, Alkaline Manganese, Lithium etc) then please contact the company that supplied the battery to you.

Q: I am in the UK and have a Nickel Metal Hydride or Lithium Ion Industrial battery which was made by a battery company other than Accutronics. Can I return the battery to Accutronics under this scheme?

If you cannot return the battery to the original producer then you can return the battery to Accutronics under this scheme.

Q: I am in the EU but not in the UK, Can I return my industrial battery to Accutronics in the UK?

Unfortunately not, you must contact the original producer that put the battery on the market in your EU country.

Q: I have a lot of industrial batteries to return, can I deliver them to Accutronics myself?

Yes, please contact Accutronics so we can prepare for your delivery.

Q: My courier is refusing to collect my industrial batteries stating that they are dangerous goods. What should I tell them?

Please contact Accutronics and we will advise the best way to proceed.

Q: Can I return laptop computer batteries to Accutronics?

Unfortunately not, due to the scope of the current legislation Accutronics can only take back industrial batteries. Laptop computer batteries (even Lithium Ion ones) are classified as portable batteries. To arrange take back of these types of batteries please contact the original producer.

Q: Can I return a car battery to Accutronics?

No, Automotive batteries are collected under a different scheme. Members of the public with waste automotive batteries can take them to their local council’s civic amenity site or recycling centre. Most garages or businesses that sell automotive batteries will take back used batteries when you buy a new one.

Q: I do not wish to send my batteries back to Accutronics or another producer for recycling, I would prefer to pay a third party to collect them from me. How can I do this?

Accutronics recommends the services of G&P Batteries. G&P are the UK’s leading waste battery collection and battery recycling specialist, offering a prompt, reliable and cost effective service for the collection and compliant recycling of every kind of battery or battery powered appliance used in the UK including stand-by and back-up batteries. You can visit their website by clicking here.

Q: I have more questions about the Take-Back scheme – Who can I talk to?

Please contact us by email or telephone. Full contact details can be found here.