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UK on track to meet 2010 battery recycling target

The UK is on track to meet its 2010 portable battery recycling target, according to Environment Agency batteries implementation project manager Bob Mead.

Speaking to MRW, Mead said: I have no concern about the way things are going at the moment. We are confident of meeting the 2010 targets.

Battery compliance scheme BatteryBack chief executive Peter Hunt added: This year was always going to be a breeze, but next year may be a struggle for some. A lot more needs to be done to raise awareness and get more people to bring their batteries to collection points.

Under the Battery Regulations, battery compliance schemes have to collect, treat and recycle batteries on behalf of large producers.

The 10% interim target for 2010 is based on battery sales figures for 2009 of around 45,000 tonnes. This means that schemes will now have to collect 4,474 tonnes of batteries by the end of this year. Schemes will have to report their first quarters collection data figures by the end of April.

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* By 2012 the UK will have to collect 25% of waste portable batteries and 45% by 2016.


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