Conservative MEP welcomes EU Batteries Directive

Sir Robert Atkins MEP, former Minister for the Environment and Conservative Deputy Leader in the European Parliament, today welcomed the final adoption in Brussels of an EU directive that will make collection of waste household portable batteries compulsory. The directive stipulates that 25% of waste portable batteries will have to be collected and recycled after four years of the directive's entry into force. This figure will increase to 45% after eight years.

Sir Robert said:

"This will mean that we will no longer be able to bury batteries containing substances harmful to the environment, such as Cadmium, Lead and Mercury. However, the collection targets that will ensure this are very demanding for Britain as our overall collection rate is currently below 5%. Now is the time for all local authorities to explore how to put collection schemes in place".

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