Ban non-replaceable batteries and save billions, lawmakers told

Inaccessibility, glue, software locks and a lack of replacement parts and repair instructions mean the failure of lithium-ion batteries is increasingly leading to the disposal of otherwise functional products, according to a report released as EU lawmakers negotiate a new battery law.

by Robert Hodgson
Old mobile phones wait to be dismantled at a factory in Istanbul, Turkey, June 2021. Green groups warn that non-replaceable phone batteries are driving e-waste. Photo: Mehmet Murat Onel/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Old mobile phones wait to be dismantled at a factory in Istanbul, Turkey, June 2021. Green groups warn that non-replaceable phone batteries are driving e-waste. Photo: Mehmet Murat Onel/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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