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Costs for battery collection points fall as Rabbitt service starts

A waste battery collection service said it has slashed the cost for organisations acting as collection points across the UK. Rabbitt Recycling has been able to lower prices by developing a market for recovered materials with other companies in its supply chain. The company is also using a new processing technique developed with a Scandinavian battery processor. According to Rabbitt, similar battery pick-up services can cost £1,000 a tonne, which makes it expensive for smaller collection sites, such as schools and universities, to operate. However, Rabbitt will collect two palettes, which can carry up to a tonne each, for £60. All types of battery can be taken except button mercury and lithium disk. The reduced cost scheme was launched by the company, with help from the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) at the beginning of July and has been bolstered by market development supported by a large US company. This is working with a computer recovery specialist, which Rabbitt chief executive Mike Morris said guarantees a certain price for the recovered materials. He added: Three county councils have already signed up to the service and we think there is a need and requirement for this service. NISP south west regional co-ordinator Cameron Tonkin said: While directing waste from landfill, NISP partnerships generate cost savings for companies as well as positive environmental effects. Lower charges could help the UK meet battery directive targets, when the directive comes into force on September 26 2008. Rabbitt, which was set up about four years ago, stands for Recycling All Batteries Bulbs Inkjets Toners and Telephones, which is what the company originally recycled. It now deals with 19 waste streams.

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