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UK battery collection rates back on track

The UK is now on target to hit EU collection rates for waste portable batteries, figures released by the Environment Agency have shown.

Earlier this year concerns were raised that the UK was lagging behind with its obligation in collecting 7,949 tonnes of batteries by the end of the year.

Quarterly figures published on the National Packaging Waste Database show that between July and the end of September 2,437 tonnes had been collected, a total of 5,885 tonnes for the year so far.

This means 2,064 tonnes will need to be collected in the last three months of the year in order to reach the target.

The target is based on collecting 18% of the average number of portable batteries placed on the market by members of the compliance scheme and small producers in 2009 and 2011.

Next year the UK will need to collect 25% if it is to avoid EU fines. The threshold will rise to 45% by 2016.


Tonnes of portable batteries collected in the UK in 2011, according to the Environment Agency

Jan-MarApr-JunJul-SeptOct-Dec target

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