Battery recycling rates on the riseFree shop battery recycling schemes boost rates

06 September 2010

battery recycling

The percentage of waste batteries recycled in the UK has risen by 7% in the past three months alone, according to new figures.

According to the Environment Agency, 16.15% of batteries were recycled in the second quarter of 2010 compared to 9.15% in the first quarter.

New EU rules were introduced on 1 February 2010 which require all shops selling 32kg or more of household batteries to offer free battery recycling collection points. A battery recycling target of 45% needs to be met by 2016, with an interim target of 25% by 2012.

A recent Which? investigation found several battery-selling shops were falling foul of the new rules.

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