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Battery directive gets the go-ahead

Battery collection schemes for spent portable batteries and accumulators will need to be up and running by 2008, due to the approval of the Battery Directive given by the European Parliament last week. The directive, passed after two years of negotiation, requires that all EU member states achieve minimum collection rates of 25% by 2012 and 45% by 2016. Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and France already have schemes in place, with collection rates varying ...