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UK still on course to meet 2010 battery collection target

Compliance schemes are confident the 2010 battery target will be met following the latest battery collection figures.

In Q3, 1,087 tonnes of batteries were collected for recycling. Adding up 2010’s collection figures so far this year, the total collected equals 3,408 tonnes. This means that to meet the 2010 target of 4,474 tonnes, the UK needs to collect just 1,066 tonnes.

“I would be surprised if the 2010 target was not met,” said ERP general manager Scott Butler. “The weather may have some impact on Q4 collections but I doubt it would be too much and it can’t be this cold forever. The Q3 figures are very encouraging.”

Valpak Duncan Simpson said: “We’re still on course and I believe we will hit our target for this year. There will be a new wave of batteries as people clear out toys and old batteries over the Christmas period. So now we’re just looking towards meeting the next two years’ targets.”

The UK’s target almost doubles next year, rising to 18% and then a 25% target in 2012.

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