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Lead-acid batteries collection decline

The latest figures on portable battery collection indicate the sector is on track to reach the target for 2014, with the amount of lead-acid batteries declining.

Some 3,302 tonnes of batteries were collected between June and September, down from the previous quarter, but enough to bring the rate for the first nine months of the year to 30.73%.

The sector has a target of collecting 35% of batteries put onto the market in 2014.

As with the previous quarters, lead-acid batteries make up the bulk at over 2,640 tonnes, followed by “other” at 625 tonnes and Ni-Cd, 38 at tonnes.

There are concerns in the industry that a new definition of portable battery, which is being considered by Defra, will result in lead-acid batteries being excluded from collection obligations, making future targets difficult to reach.

However, Colin Porter, compliance technical specialist at battery compliance scheme ecosurety, noted that the proportion of lead-acid batteries was in decline.

“We notice [a] reduction of the percentage of lead-acid batteries recycled, compared to the total recycled in 2014, on 2013 and 2012 periods.”

He added compliance schemes had already collected more Ni-Cd and “other” batteries in the third quarter of 2014 than the total for the whole of 2013 or 2012.

“This matches ecosurety’s efforts in developing our collection networks to ensure the amount of portable batteries recycled continues to increase in line with the targets set,” he said.

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