You have to recycle now
New EU rules have come into force that require some
stores selling batteries to provide in-store recycling bins.
Anyone selling more than 32kg of batteries a year, or one
pack of four AA batteries a day, must
comply as part of targets on cutting landfill. The UK currently recycles only 3 per cent of portable
batteries and the EU wants the country to recycle nearly half by 2016.
At present, 97 per cent of batteries end up in landfill
sites, where they can leak toxic chemicals into the soil. The EU Batteries Directive aims to tackle that problem
and cut carbon emissions by reducing the need for new batteries to be made from
Retailers will be required to provide a recycling point
in-store which will be regularly emptied free of charge under the government's
Battery Compliance Scheme. The hope is that this will see battery recycling levels
rise to 10 per cent by the end of this year and a quarter by 2012.