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WARNING to all British Columbia EFC members involved with UPS batteries


June 15, 2012
By Anthony Capkun


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June 15, 2012 – If you sell uninterruptible power supply (UPS) batteries in British Columbia, Electro-Federation Canada wants you to be aware that the B.C. regulation covering lead acid batteries under Schedule 2, Section 10 states the following:

Lead-acid battery product category
Effective July 1, 2011, the lead-acid battery category consists of lead-acid batteries weighing more than 2 kg and includes, without limitation, lead-acid batteries for automobiles, motorcycles, recreation vehicles, marine vehicles and locomotives.

The definition of producer remains the same, so a manufacturer, distributor or last seller are all obligated.

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RBRC currently covers anything under 5 kg in the province, and they suggest that companies selling UPSs which are then shipped to British Columbia need to report these batteries to the Canadian Battery Association, or contact Colin McKean, executive director, Canadian Battery Association, at ed@canadianbatteryassociation.ca or (205) 216-3664.

Meantime, in Manitoba, the lead acid battery stewardship plan started in April 2011.

Section 2 of the Manitoba Regulation includes:

Devices, equipment, material, products or substances that are in the following categories of household hazardous material or prescribed material, and their containers, are designated as designated material for the purpose of the Act:

(h) lead-acid automotive batteries category;
(i) rechargeable batteries category;
(j) other batteries category.

For more information on this bulletin, contact Wayne Edwards of EFC at wedwards@electrofed.com or (647) 258-7483.