Concept Management is a full-service battery recycling company that was founded in 2007 by industry professionals with 20+ years of combined experience in the battery industry. We desire to help clients recycle their spent batteries using a full-service, no-hassle, EA-approved and certified recycling process.
There are many different types of industrial Batteries including Sealed Lead Acid, Lithium Ion, UPS, Telecoms, Cars, Absolyte and Ni-Cad.
Batteries are a Hazardous Waste material and must be recycled compliantly and it is vitally important to choose a partner who has the skills and understanding of these battery types to dispose and recycle appropriately.
Sealed Lead Acid Batteries
Lead acid batteries are often found in cars, trucks, industrial equipment, trains, backup power equipment, UPS, planes, powered wheelchairs and more.
Lead acid batteries are comprised of lead plates, electrolyte and some type of plastic casing
Lithium Ion Batteries
Lithium Ion batteries are often found in laptops, cell phones, cameras, consumer electronics devices as well as specialty equipment
Lithium Ion batteries are comprised of nickel, cobalt, copper, manganese, electrolyte and various types of plastic casing.
UPS batteries are often found in uninterruptible power supplies, telecom power, backup power, generator power, DC power systems, some industrial equipment and more. UPS batteries are comprised of lead plates, electrolyte and some type of plastic casing.
Telecom batteries are often found in telecom equipment, backup power equipment, uninterruptible power supplies, mission critical power applications and more.
Telecom batteries are comprised of lead plates, electrolyte and some type of plastic casing.
Industrial batteries are often found in forklifts, rail cars, industrial equipment, trains, mining equipment and more.
Industrial batteries are comprised of lead plates, electrolyte and some type of steel casing.
Absolyte batteries are often found in rail industry applications, industrial equipment, network power, backup power equipment, uninterruptible power supplies and more.
Absolyte batteries are comprised of lead plates, electrolyte and some type of steel casing or rack.
Absolyte batteries must be recycled differently than standard chemistry lead acid batteries.
Automotive lead acid batteries are often found in cars, trucks, buses, and other transportation equipment.
Automotive lead acid batteries are comprised of lead plates, electrolyte and some type of plastic casing.
Ni-Cad batteries are often found in aircraft, defence applications, oil & gas applications, standby power, uninterruptible power supplies, telecom power and more.
Ni-Cad batteries are comprised of nickel oxide hydroxide, cadmium, electrolyte and some type of plastic casing.
Concept Management specialises in all types of industrial Battery disposal including Sealed Lead Acid, Lithium Ion, UPS, Telecoms, Cars, Absolyte and Ni-Cad battery recycling in bulk. We are capable of picking up batteries by the pallet or truckload, depending on our client’s needs. We provide a highly convenient and efficient way to recycle all types of batteries. Our team can come to any location in the United Kingdom where your batteries may be. Through our expertise, we already have logistics solutions in place for all types of collections.
Why recycle batteries?
Batteries are made from important resources and chemicals, including lead, cadmium, zinc, lithium and mercury. Batteries can be recycled. They are taken apart and many of the materials can be recovered and used to make new batteries or something else. If you put your batteries into a rubbish bin they will be taken to landfill sites and the resources lost.
Recycling batteries is good for the environment. It keeps them out of landfill, where heavy metals may leak into the ground when the battery casing corrodes, causing soil and water pollution. If batteries are incinerated with household waste, the heavy metals in them may cause air pollution. It is absolutely essential that batteries are disposed off correctly and recycled in the appropriate manner.
In 2009, new regulations on the recycling of batteries and accumulators (rechargeable batteries) were introduced. The Batteries Regulations aim to significantly increase UK collection and recycling of used portable batteries from the current rate of about 3% to 25% by 2012, rising to at least 45% in 2016.
These regulations affect distributors of batteries. A distributor is someone who provides batteries on a professional basis to an end-user (consumers and/or business). From 1 February 2010, if you are a distributor who supplies 32kg or more of portable batteries per year in an individual store, or by distance sales (e.g. over the internet, or via mail order), you will have certain obligations, including to take back used batteries from end-users free of charge.
If you are a user, send them back to where you bought them, however, most shops selling batteries and many local authorities will have containers that collect batteries for recycling. Schools, libraries and workplaces will also have containers – look out for the boxes saying “Recycle your batteries here”. From February 2010, distributors of portable batteries must play their part in helping end users to dispose of portable batteries at their end of life.
There are several different types of batteries used in today’s electronics and many from the past. These include: Lithium Polymer, Mercury, Nickel and Silver Oxide. Each of which require different methods of disposal.
Certain batteries would be classified as hazardous waste and must be disposed using a company who has the licences to move, store and treat hazardous waste.
Lithium Polymer Battery Disposal
Lithium Polymer Batteries or LiPo batteries are found in all forms of electronic equipment. Primarily in portable equipment such as mobile phones, laptops, MP3 players, tablets even drones were an high energy output outweighs any cost implications.
They are classed as an Hazardous Material, as such subject to special regulations, and should be recycled safely and compliantly. The disposal method of lithium polymer is also different to other batteries. It is important not to overcharge, over-discharge, over-heat or penetrate the cells as this may all result in a catastrophic failure of leakage or combustion.
Call Concept for advice on safe disposal.
One of the fastest expanding stream of UK waste is Laptop computers. Consumers frequently change their Laptop computers and the Laptop battery waste mountain builds and builds. Millions of obsolete Laptop computers are discarded each year and the disposal of harmful batteries is a huge problem.
Why use our Laptop battery disposal service?
Laptop battery waste and components often end up in the developing world. Laptop batteries should never be thrown out because they do contain toxic substances. Concept offers a Laptop battery disposal service for corporate, educational and governmental bodies throughout the United Kingdom. We ensure…..
- That corporate branding is removed from all Laptop computers
- Compliance with stringent UK environmental legislation relating to batteries
- Minimal Disruption to your business.
- A low cost effective solution to your Laptop battery disposal problems.
Resources are extracted from obsolete or faulty Laptop battery stock. We also re-use components deemed to have residual life. Hard disks are fully erased.
WEEE legislation and Laptop battery disposal
New legislation came into force in 2007 to cover waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). It is now a requirement that you obtain and keep proof that your Laptop battery WEEE was given to a Laptop battery waste management company such as Concept, and was treated and disposed of in an environmentally sound way.
The regulations have significant implications those who treat or recover Laptop battery WEEE, and stipulate that users must store, collect, treat, recycle and dispose of Laptop battery WEEE separately from other waste.