DTI proposals on batteries raise EC compliance issues

Draft regulations to implement part of the 1991 EC Directive on used batteries were issued for consultation by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on 21 October.1 But the DTI has yet to say how it intends to achieve the key requirements to promote the separate collection, recycling and separate disposal of waste batteries - or why it feels these can be complied with by non-statutory means.

The EC Directive should have been brought into force by September 1992. Implementation was delayed because the European Commission had difficulties in securing agreement on the form of two labels advising consumers not to deposit spent batteries in dustbins and indicating their heavy metal content. The labelling scheme has now been finalised and incorporated in a Commission Directive issued early in October.2In May, the DTI consulte

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