20 Sep 2011

Temporary halt to permits for shipping used batteries overseas

12:21 pm on 20 September 2011

Battery recycling company Exide has won an interim order in the High Court in Wellington stopping decisions on applications for permits to export used batteries for processing.

The Lower Hutt factory is claiming in its court case that the Government has not done enough to make sure batteries are dealt with locally, as is required under an international treaty.

Last week, its call for a judicial review of the granting of permits by the Ministry was rejected by the High Court.

A spokesperson for Exide says the company is appealing against that ruling and has won a declaration preventing the Ministry of Economic Development making decisions on four export permits involving close to 18,000 tonnes of batteries.

The spokesperson says two of those applications are for exports totalling 12,000 tonnes, the equivalent of about nine months work for the factory.