Data from just five out of the six battery compliance schemes has been included in the Q4 results for 2010, so it is not yet known whether the UK has managed to hit its recycling target for the year.
It has been confirmed by the Environment Agency (EA) that CCR Rebat’s data submission for Q4 had been questioned, so has not been included in the data as yet. Complete end-of -year results had originally been planned for publication earlier but had to be postponed due to the delay in getting the final figures from CCR Rebat.
EA batteries project manager Bob Mead said: “Each of the five compliance schemes that have submitted data have met their collection targets for 2010. The sixth scheme has been served with an enforcement notice requiring them to submit accurate data by the end of this week.
“Until we have this data we are unable to say whether the UK as a whole has met its target.”
The EA has emphasised that without the data, 2010 results published on the National Packaging Waste Database are not complete, so it is impossible to know whether the UK has hit the 10% target. Using data from just the five compliance schemes, it shows that the UK collected a total of 4,376 tonnes of batteries in 2010. But the 10% target was 4,474 tonnes based on the amount of batteries placed on the market in 2009.
CCR Rebat managing director Stephan Matz said: “We did submit data on the deadline the EA gave but they came back to us and said there were some figures that needed to be reviewed. We resubmitted those figures in the last two weeks and we are now waiting for feedback. We are sure they have all the data they need, so we’re just waiting for their confirmation.”
A battery recycling target of 18% has been set for 2011.