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Q1 battery collection figures show UK could come up short on 2011 target

Quarter one battery collection figures could indicate the UK just missing the 18% recycling target for 2011.

Figures published on the National Packaging Waste Database show that the UK collected 1,994 tonnes  in the first three months of this year. The 12-month target for 2011 is to collect 8,053 tonnes, but if collection continues at current rates the UK will achieve 7,976 tonnes and be off target by 77 tonnes.

However, year-on-year figures have more than doubled, as only821 tonnes of batteries were collected in Q1 of 2010.

In addition, 2011 saw a reduction in the amount of batteries placed on the market in Q1 compared to Q1 of 2010. Figures show 8,216 tonnes of batteries were placed on the market at the beginning of 2011, while at the same time last year 9,746 tonnes went on the market – a reduction of 1,530 tonnes (16%).

Recycler G&P Batteries managing director Michael Green said: “I would think that, like last year, as consumers get used to recycling batteries the collections will improve across the year. I wouldn’t have thought the figures would stay flat as the year goes on. Having said that, the first quarter of each year includes all the batteries discarded from Christmas, which tends to be a high figure.

“2012 is going to be the tough year to hit because it is a 25% target, so we need to collect over 11,000 tonnes.”

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