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UK battery recycling collection increases

UK battery recycling collections are on track to meet targets, having increased in the first three months of 2013.

A total of 3,549 tonnes of waste portable batteries were collected for recycling by battery compliance schemes, according to figures published by the Environment Agency (EA).

An average of just over 33,822 tonnes of batteries were placed on the market by obligated companies in the three years 2011-13.

This indicates a UK recycling rate of around 35% for 2013 to date.

The UK Collection Rate Target for 2013 is 30%, which means the UK is on track to achieve it.

From 2012, targets became legally binding under the EU Batteries Directive and UK producers had to achieve a 25% recycling rate, which rises by five percentage points year on year to 45% in 2015.

There are now 481 UK Scheme Members.

  • Compliance schemes have until 31 May 2014 to obtain evidence to meet their members’ obligations for the 2013 compliance period.

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