UK's battery recycling industry misses its 45% collection target

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The target was missed by just 0.12%

The UK's battery recycling industry has missed its 45% collection target for the second year in a row, according to provisional figures published by the Environment Agency (EA).

The target was missed by just 0.12%

In 2017, there were 582 producers registered with five compliance schemes, accounting for 99.15% of the reported batteries placed on the UK market.

Companies placing under one tonnes of batteries on the market are classed as a small producer are not required to finance the collection of waste batteries.

Robbie Staniforth, policy manager at compliance specialist Ecosurety, said the UK figures were disappointing.

He said: “The small producer exemption, which has always existed, means no-one is responsible for recycling these batteries. Until this issue is resolved, the UK will continue to miss the targets set.”

Staniforth called for immediate direction from Defra on how to deal with small producer batteries.

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