Lead batteries takeback scheme launched

Walloon government presses ahead with rules on waste recovery, boasts of green progress

The government of Wallonia, Belgium, yesterday proposed a takeback scheme for lead batteries used in vehicles. The scheme is one of several being drafted following approval in April of a decree introducing producer responsibility obligations for ten waste streams.

Under the scheme, at least 90% of waste batteries must be collected in 2003, rising to 95% from 2005. Landfilling or incineration without energy recovery will be banned, and 95% of the lead contained in the batteries must be recycled. Other materials used in the batteries will also have to be re-used, with no less than 30% recycled.

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