Battery recycling plant opens, but more needed

Britain’s first recycling plant for household batteries opened in March amid calls for increased funding for collections to meet targets under the proposed EU batteries Directive.

Darlaston-based G&P Batteries opened the £250,000 plant on its site in West Bromwich. Though capable of recycling 1,500 tonnes per year of alkaline and zinc carbon batteries - the most common household cells - the plant will only recycle 200 tonnes this year due to the low collection levels. It will cost around £800 to recycle each tonne, equivalent to around 3 pence per cell.

The plant uses equipment supplied by French recycl

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