We have created the best national collection system for used batteries in the world
Yes, we really can say that we are no 1 with our collection system for all types of portable batteries. We also handle both small and large industrial batteries – always in a way that is both cost effective and minimizes the environmental footprint. As an affiliate you will get a partner that takes on the whole producer responsibility.
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Battery producers need to be part of a national collection system but there is an exception for producers of small amounts. However, these producers still have to report to the Swedish EPA and provide annual information on amounts sold. We assemble an annual report of what you brought to the market and what has been collected and handled. Of course the reporting to the EPA is included. Anyhow you are always welcome to join El-Kretsen.
As part of our national collection system you can feel safe that you are fulfilling your producer responsibility and that the collection and handling of waste is made in the best possible way for the environment.
We know portable batteries – more than just cylinders and buttons
Different batteries demand a different approach to handling and recycling. The regulations surrounding the producer responsibility also differs. The definition of a portable battery is that it is contained, small enough to be carried and that it is not defined as an industrial battery or a car battery.
This includes anything from a cylinder cell, a button cell or a battery built in to some sort of electronic equipment. It also includes a larger battery cell that does not fit the definition of a car battery or an industrial battery. Portable batteries are most commonly collected through recycling stations and battery recycle bins.
As a producer of larger quantities of portable batteries you have to be part of a nationally approved collection system, mark your products and make sure the end-consumer gets the information on how to recycle the used battery. It is also mandatory to send an annual report to the EPA. El-Kretsen will help you with your entire producer responsibility and guide you with knowledge and counselling to assure that your company is prepared for any eventual updates to the regulations.
Smaller batteries used in industries and transportation
El-Kretsen makes a difference on smaller and larger industrial batteries because they demand different handling. Small industrial batteries are mainly collected through recycling stations. The battery is made exclusively for industrial or other professional usage or to be used in electric vehicles.
This includes batteries from e.g. electric bicycles, electric scooters, industrial power tools.
As a producer of portable industrial batteries you have to be part of a nationally approved collection system, mark your products and make sure the end-consumer gets the information on how to recycle the used battery. It is also mandatory to send an annual report to the EPA. El-Kretsen will help you with your entire producer responsibility and guide you with knowledge and counselling to assure that your company is prepared for any eventual updates to the regulations.
Together, we have created the world’s best national collection system
As an expert on WEEE, El-Kretsen constitutes an important cog in the system. However, many others also do significant work to reduce the pressure on the environment, ranging from Swedish citizens who sort and recycle their waste, to the government, which, through the Swedish EPA, makes sure the regulations regarding environmental impact are observed. In between are others who are experts at what they do, like the municipalities and transport companies, and together we make Sweden one of the world’s most efficient recycling nations.
Our municipalities make it possible
El-Kretsen has agreements with all of Sweden’s 290 municipalities. The agreements were made possible thanks to El-Retur, a joint venture between El-Kretsen, Sweden’s municipalities and Avfall Sverige (the Swedish Waste Management Association). The collection system we have created is based on committed involvement and dedication throughout every stage, and thanks to the Swedish municipalities, we now have a nationwide network for the collection of electrical and electronic waste.
Sweden has around 600 municipal recycling centres and every municipality also has 3-4 additional collection systems where households are invited to discard unwanted electrical equipment. Such additional systems may for example be collection points in densely populated areas or travelling collection lorries. Moreover, there are some 10,000 battery collection boxes. The municipal involvement means that the entire Swedish population is covered. This makes us all part of the collection system in a smart, simple and safe way.
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Our customer value proposition
We offer a variety of services to you as a producer of batteries. Combined they cover every aspect of your producer responsibility. This includes:
- Combined reports of production and collection.
- Reporting to the EPA.
- Counseling regarding producer responsibility and environmentally correct handling of batteries.
- A non-profit partner that pays back any excess profit to our clients.
- A safe system that maximise the environmental gain and minimise wastage.
- Information and support regarding new rules and regulations surrounding producer responsibility, product marking and recycling.