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Why political agreement on the Batteries Regulation is proving elusive

The European Commission wants binding targets for the collection and recycling of all battery classes. Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS via Getty Images

ENDS Europe looks at how France hopes to secure an agreement on new rules for how batteries should be made, used and disposed of, where both its Portuguese and Slovenian predecessors failed.

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A European Commission proposal to tighten limits for a range of persistent organic pollutants does not go far enough to tackle contamination in recycled products, health and environment groups have warned.

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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 contributing to e-waste, according to a report released as EU lawmakers negotiate a new battery law.

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Brussels government signs ‘zero waste’ charter

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Commission takes next step in ‘forever chemicals’ clampdown

The European Commission has proposed imposing tight limits on the presence of a banned ‘forever chemical’ in waste as part of a series of restrictions on persistent organic pollutants listed under the Stockholm Convention.

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