Q4 UK Batteries Compliance Data for 2023

March 19th, 2024

The European Recycling Platform (ERP) highlights the potential of waste as a resource and invites citizens and companies to join the recycling movement

The Environment Agency published the Q4 2023 UK Battery data on 29th February 2024

Is the UK’s reliance on lead acid battery evidence beginning to change?

Portable batteries placed on the UK market (POM)

Q4 2023 saw an 2% decrease (-295 tonnes) in the volume of portable batteries being placed on the UK market (POM) from this time last year.

Portable batteries POM volumes have been in decline since 2021, as demonstrated in the chart below

The charts below compare portable batteries POM in 2021, 2022 and 2023. Total volumes in 2023, whilst not starting strongly, actually increased in Q2 and Q3 2023 from same time last year, but then just fell short in Q4.

Waste portable batteries collected

The Q4 2023 collection data shows a 5% overall decrease from this time last year (Q4 2022), and specifically, waste portable NiCd and ‘others’ batteries decreased, whilst Lead acid collection increased.

Waste Portable batteries Collection volumes have been steadily increasing since 2020, as demonstrated in the chart below