The members of the European Battery Recycling Association (EBRA) recycled 38,600 tonnes of waste batteries in 2012. This is a 10 per cent increase compared to the year before. The amount includes all types of rechargeable and non-rechargeable portable, industrial and automotive batteries with the exception of lead-acid batteries.
According to EBRA, the EU Battery Directive, which requires the member states to achieve a collection rate of at least 25 per cent of spent portable batteries from 2012, has contributed to the growth. “Although it is too early to confirm whether all member states have achieved this objective, the target of 25 per cent has clearly helped increase the tonnage of spent batteries in Europe ready for recycling”, the association commented.