Local authorities urge stronger batteries law

The draft EU battery waste directive needs "fundamental changes" to increase its environmental effectiveness, according to the council of European municipalities and regions (Cemr). In a position paper the body, whose members will be involved in recovering spent batteries from households, says the proposed 160 gram per capita collection target is "far too low" (EED 25/11/03). This equates to just 38% of battery sales - barely half previously mooted target levels - it notes. The council also insists that cadmium-containing rechargeable batteries should be banned. See Cemr press release and position paper.

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