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UK needs 80,000 battery collection points to meet recycling target

The UK will need approximately 80,000 battery collections points if it is to meet its 25% waste portable battery target by 2012.

Recycling company WasteCare chief executive Peter Hunt said: All companies should get together for the common aim to meet the target. 80,000 collection points will be needed across the UK by 2012 to meet the 25% target and be ready to move up to 45%.

The technical side of the regulations come into force from September 26 where businesses wishing to place new batteries on the UK market must introduce a labelling regime to aid recycling.

Hunt said that he doesnt know anyone who has not introduced labelling already. He also said that it was completely meaningless because all of us know what a battery is and labelling will make no difference whatsoever to recycling it is only a small part of a hole.

The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) has said that the collection and recycling system aspect of the regulations will not come into play until 2009. In its July consultation on the Battery Directive, BERR said that it would adopt a multiple producer compliance system like the one used for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

Hunt continued: We cant build a plant until we know how many batteries we will get and we wont know how many batteries we will get until a compliance scheme system is sorted and the regulations are finalised.

Hunt said WasteCare had conducted three batteries trials across the country and obtained a 100% recovery rate. He said the main thing is to encourage the public to recycle and give them sensible collection points.

Image: WasteCare's battery collection canister, BatteryBack

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