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WRAP study will help battery producers, says Environment Minister

Environment Minister Jane Kennedy hopes that battery producers will draw on information from the Waste & Resources Action Programmes (WRAP) report on batteries to comply with legislation.

Kennedy was responding to a written answer to a parliamentary question from Liberal Democrat MP for Withington, Manchester John Leech (3 February). He asked what steps the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was taking to promote community battery recycling schemes.

WRAPs report on household battery collection trials, published last year, showed that 92% of people would be encouraged to recycle their batteries if they were collected from home.

In response to Leechs question Kennedy said: The UK regulations will require all shops that sell a significant quantity of batteries to collect batteries returned by members of the public. In addition batteries producers will need to set up other collections to meet their targets under the directive. In doing so we expect that producers will draw on the information in the WRAP report on the effectiveness of community recycling schemes and other ways of collecting waste batteries.

The Government is currently consulting on regulations to implement the EU Batteries Directive which ends 13 February. The directive requires greatly increased collection, treatment and recycling of batteries over the next few years.

Image: Environment Minister Jane Kennedy

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