Battery recyclers apply pressure for directive

Association says strong EU legislation needed to lift low rates of collection, recycling

Europe recycles less than 10% of its batteries and must introduce binding legislation to increase the rate, the European batteries recycling association (Ebra) said on Friday in a presentation of its 2001 recycling statistics. The figures were disputed by battery producers, who are fighting to avoid early mandatory recycling targets being proposed by the European Commission.

Ebra said its member firms recycled around 10,000 tonnes of used batteries and accumulators last year, equivalent to only 6% of annual EU consumption. This falls well short of a proposed 55% recycling target floated last year by the Commission's environment department (EED 10/04/01).

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