Battery collections get off to a solid start but must do more

Collections of waste batteries were below this year’s 10% target in the first quarter of 2010. Inspections of retailers obliged to offer battery take-back services have found most are compliant

A Tesco in-store battery recycling bin (credit: Gareth Simkins)The volume of waste portable batteries collected for recycling has jumped considerably since new regulations came into force at the start of the year, but collection rates will have to rise further if this year’s 10% target is to be met.

Environment Agency figures released in June show 850 tonnes of batteries were collected – 8.6% of the volume placed on the market by major producers (ENDS Report 419, pp 30-33).1 Last year’s recycling rate was about 2% (ENDS Report 422, p 19).

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