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Does the UK have the power to switch on battery collections?

Under the EU Batteries Directive the UK will have to collect 25% of waste portable batteries by 2012. It currently collects just 3%. Stakeholders involved in the battery industry are worried that the UK will not meet its target.  Last week the Government published a response to its December consultation on the directive. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) outlined plans for the implementation of the Batteries Directive and said that it would adopt ...