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Government consults on batteries law

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched a consultation into the Batteries Directive.

The DTIs paper addresses collection, treatment and recycling, and for collection it proposed:

l Collection targets for all spent portable batteries

l Separate collection targets for spent portable nickelcadmium batteries, and for quantities in the municipal waste stream to be monitored

l Industrial battery producers must offer takeback

l Automotive producers must establish collection schemes for batteries not covered by the End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive

Recycling proposals included:

l Targets for collected, spent portable batteries

l All collected industrial and automotive batteries must be recycled and are prohibited from landfill and incineration

The directive was proposed in November and must be brought into force in the UK 18 months after it is adopted.

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