Hungary introduces battery collection law

The Hungarian government has passed a decree concerning the return of batteries and accumulators as a supplement to EU-harmonised rules. It makes producers and traders responsible for collection and recovery of batteries from September. Hungarian households accumulate some 2,000 tonnes of batteries annually, the government says. The decree sets a goal of 13% of used batteries and accumulators be recovered by 2007. It does not impose a deposit on all batteries and so is not a "real breakthrough", commented Laszlo Perneczky of environmental group the Regional environment centre. See press release.

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