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01 Feb 2010 09:02:14

Battery recycling points now in shops

Battery recycling points now in shops
Consumers will be able to recycle their old batteries at mandatory recycling points in shops from today (February 1st).

The battery recycling scheme, which has proved controversial with manufacturers, will help the UK government meet EU targets to recycle ten per cent of all batteries by the end of this year.

Currently, 97 per cent of batteries are ending up in UK landfill. The aim is to recycle 46 per cent of batteries by 2016.

Environment secretary Hilary Benn said: "This new legislation will make it easier for consumers to do the right thing whilst ensuring retailers fulfil their part."

Any distributors who supply more than 32kg of portable batteries a year have to provide a free take-back service for waste portable batteries and make sure customers are aware of the service.

However, battery makers are concerned that the costs of collecting and disposing the batteries will be passed onto consumers.



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ecotube wrote:

05 Feb 2010

isn't it about time that rechargeable batteries are given prominence in our stores. What about a legal requirement to sell them with chargers with standard batteries.

its disgusting that over 90% of batteries goto landfill.

Even a target of 46% recycled by 2016 is pathetic.

www.eco-tube.com - the green youtube

11 Feb 2010

I believe this is the same for industrial/commercial batteries, the cost will surely go somewhere, most likely the consumer! Should the industry & end user share the costs? Maybe ...

We market an enhancement product that doubles battery life & increases productivity by up to 340%, response has been very positive in the UK & it will be great if the product is embraced. Consumers can actually do something about the technology they use. Maybe its like reusing your paper bags, choices are now available as people get more aware.

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