German EPA supports NiCad battery ban

Over 400 tonnes of cadmium reach the environment each year because consumers return only one-third of nickel-cadmium (NiCad) batteries for recycling, the German environment agency said yesterday. According to a new study on return, sorting and recovery systems for various types of batteries, the "only sure way" of preventing this pollution is an outright ban on NiCad batteries. The European Commission is currently mulling whether to propose just such a step, which is strongly backed by Nordic countries, but opposed by industry (EED 23/11/01). See press release.

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