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UK's battery collection rate lagging behind

The UK is lagging behind its 2011 battery collection target of 18%, data for the second quarter has shown.

Nearly 8,000 tonnes will have to be collected by the end of this year to hit this year’s target, which is based on the average amount of batteries placed on the market in 2009 and 2010, .

But figures published on the National Packaging Waste Database show the UK is less than half-way there, collecting 3,447 tonnes of batteries across Q1 and Q2 rather than the anticipated amount of 3,989 tonnes. In Q2 the UK collected 26 tonnes of batteries fewer than in Q1.

However, compared to the same period in 2010, the UK has collected an extra 1,264 batteries this year.

Results also show that the amount of batteries placed on the market is continuing to drop. In 2011, so far 16,849 tonnes of batteries have been placed on the market, which is 1,812 tonnes fewer than Q1 and Q2 in 2010.

According to the most recent Environment Agency (EA) data, the total batteries placed on the market in 2009 was around 45,754, while the total placed on the market in 2010 was 42,880 tonnes.

In 2012, the UK must hit a statutory battery collection target of 25%. If missed, the UK will incur fines from the EU.

Commenting on the shortfall so far this year, G&P Batteries managing director Michael Green : “We are behind but I don’t think it is surprising at all. I would expect a gradual increase though the year with the first half slower than the second half. I think the majority of the compliance scheme’s will hit this year’s target and we still have plenty of time to catch up.”

An EA notice published alongside the figures explained that the Q4 data for 2010 is yet to be updated with compliance scheme CCR Rebat’s figures, which were originally due to be published in early March (See MRW story).

The publication of this information was then rescheduled for 30 June but was subsequently delayed again. The statement still has not given a firm date but a spokesperson for the EA said the data will be released “imminently”. Without the figures the UK has been unable to determine whether it hit the 2010 battery collection target of 10%.

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