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Getting the best deal for your batteries

Batteries stacked
Batteries are stacked in secure, stackable containers.
Scrap lead acid batteries have become a sought after commodity. With an ever-increasing number of companies approaching merchants to buy them and prices reaching record heights, who do you choose to sell to?


One of the first to challenge the market and export lead acid batteries was H.Ripley & Co Ltd who are now a major player in this market, and they tell us that they not only pay competitive prices, but also have a long history of good service, prompt payment and innovation.

H.Ripley & Co Ltd is a family owned and operated scrap metal recycling business, established over eighty years ago and spanning 4 generations. The company operate from five depots across Kent and Sussex, with a National transport network for scrap collections. They process ferrous and non ferrous metals, specialising in aluminium and scrap lead acid batteries.

In 2008 the company exported its first load of scrap lead acid batteries to Europe, in compliance with the demanding legislation required for this export operation. The good news for those selling to Ripley’s is that they don’t need to overly concern themselves with the paperwork. H.Ripley & Co Ltd handle it all: Hazardous Waste Consignment Notes, Registration of Hazardous Waste Codes where required, and all other export documentation.

In 2010, the Environment Agency introduced further legislation, requiring an Export Permit to be in place over and above the TFS (Trans Frontier Shipment) documentation. H.Ripley & Co Ltd were the first UK company to apply for and receive this Permit. Suppliers can sell automotive, industrial and portable lead acid batteries safe in the knowledge that all the relevant documentation and permits are in place.

When Ripley’s first embarked on exporting scrap batteries, the emphasis was on bulk collections from suppliers i.e. 26 boxes (approx. 22-24 tonnes). While this is still at the heart of their business, the continued growth of supplier, processor and haulier partnerships, enables them to now co-ordinate the collection of smaller loads. They regularly collect 10-12 tonne loads and have recently embarked on a 1-box collection service.

Being Traders themselves, H.Ripley & Co Ltd understand the need for prompt payment terms. They have established an excellent, long-standing reputation as good payers. Payments are made based on the weight going into their Ashford Depot, rather than having to wait for confirmations from abroad, thus speeding up the payment system. From an Environmental perspective, Duty of Care is taken very seriously, and again made easy for Suppliers.

Leak-proof battery boxes are provided free of charge, so that dismantlers can store the batteries and prevent acid spills - both at their own premises and whilst batteries are in transit. The boxes stack to minimise the storage footprint. All collections are made with ADR drivers and every load is checked at the Ashford Depot prior to export. Their processing partners on the continent operate to the highest environmental standards while maximising the recycling rates. Should any supplier require any copies of documentation from Export Permits, Site Licenses, and Waste Carriers certificates, these can all be provided electronically or in paper format.

The company’s loyal base of suppliers continues to grow which is a testament to their commitment to the industry. To find out more about the service they offer, you can call them on 01323 440672, email them or visit their website. web: www.hripley.co.uk


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