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New portable waste battery collection scheme launched

Small businesses are being encouraged to engage in a new portable waste battery collection scheme. Aptly named the BattBox, it has been designed by waste battery collector, G & P Batteries. The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has supported the scheme and will be monitoring the initiative in the Midlands, although G & P will be offering the service nationwide. The BattBox service costs £25 plus VAT and can hold up to 400 AA batteries. Once full the company calls the G & P collection service who come and collect and recycle the batteries. Commercial director Greg Clementson told MRW: If we do not have initiatives like the BattBox we are not going to reach our EU battery targets. This is one element of a solution to increase the amount of portable waste batteries being recycled in the UK. Bring back sites will help and kerbside collections but we want to fill the gap in the middle that cater for small business. We want to give them access to battery recycling collections. It is not the ultimate solution but makes up part of the ultimate solution. Both G & P Batteries and WRAP are hopeful that this business initiative will help increase battery recycling in the UK. Only 3% of portable waste batteries are currently being recycled and to meet EU targets, this needs to increase to 25% by 2012 and 45% by 2016. WRAP battery programme manager Chris Davey believes that many portable waste batteries are slipping through the recycling net. We believe that many of these missing batteries are being used by the business community and so we welcome G & Ps initiative in launching a collection service dedicated purely to business. It is another positive step to help the UK meet its targets, he said. Image: Chris Davey (left) and Michael Green with BattBox

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