Quarter two figures for battery collections show that the UK is halfway towards hitting its 10% collection target by the end of 2010.
Published by the Environment Agency, the numbers show that 1,459 tonnes of batteries were collected during the period, a rise of 598 tonnes from the year’s first quarter tonnage of 861 tonnes. With Q1 and Q2 added together (2,320 tonnes), the total tonnage for battery collections in 2010 show the UK has already collected half the amount of batteries needed to reach the 10% target of 4,474 tonnes.
Just over 9,000 tonnes of batteries were placed on the market in Q2, showing a battery recycling rate of 16%.
Battery compliance scheme Valpak director of marketing Duncan Simpson said: “We feel that because of all the efforts of retailers and everyone in terms of getting out the battery collection infrastructure, there is a greater visibility of the collection scheme to the public. This means there has been a significant shift from a 3% recycling rate before the year started. We are delighted with the figures and are confident we will meet the 2010 target. Now, we just want to keep up the momentum.”
When Q1 figures were published earlier this year, compliance schemes felt the reason for the slight drop in collection tonnages was because retailers had not needed to display battery collection bins until February. This meant a two-month loss in the Q1 collection period.