Italy boasts record car battery recovery rate
A consortium in charge of collecting and recycling spent lead batteries in Italy, Cobat, has claimed record recovery rates for 2003. Nearly 200,000 tonnes were recovered, equal to 96% of annual sales and satisfying 40% of the national demand for lead. As some batteries discarded in the DIY market continue to slip through the net, Cobat last week made an agreement with Italian local authority body UPI to set up additional collection centres where individuals can dispose of car batteries free-of-charge. See press release.