MEPs urge stricter EU controls on batteries

Parliamentary committee calls for higher waste collection targets, but abandons ban on lead in portable batteries

The European parliament's environment committee voted on Tuesday to strengthen EU controls on batteries. The committee's position now goes to the parliament's plenary for its second reading on revised batteries legislation.

Drawing on proposals by parliamentary rapporteur Hans Blokland, the committee called for the law to require at least 40% of waste batteries to be collected by six years after entry into force, rising to a 60% collection rate by ten years. In their first reading position, EU governments agreed on targets of 25% by six and 45% by ten years (EED 20/07/05).

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