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Recycling: Batteries

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote community battery recycling schemes. (251035)

The Waste and Resources Action programme (WRAP) has worked in partnership with a range of local authorities and not-for-profit organisations to pilot portable waste battery collection trials in the UK. Trials include establishing ‘drop off' points in shops and in public buildings such as libraries and sports centres, as well as other methods of collection such as at the kerbside.

WRAP'S report on the results from the trials is available at: report_final.84146d7e.6153.pdf

We are currently consulting on regulations to implement the EU Batteries Directive.

The directive requires greatly increased collection, treatment and recycling of batteries over the next few years. 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.