Europe forces retailers to take batteries back

July 30, 2008

As from the 26th September all retailers who sell batteries or sell goods with batteries included throughout Europe will have provide a service where they will accept all waste batteries.

This is regardless of whether replacements are purchased or not.

This move comes as the dangerous contents of all batteries are ending up in landfills, considering that they contain, lead, mercury and cadmium it is a surprise that something like this has not been organised before.

The situation is that batteries can be returned to any shop, which sells that particular type of battery, it is then the manufacturer’s responsibility to collect and dispose of these dead batteries in a responsible manner.

In the UK at the moment, it has been estimated that only two per cent of batteries are recycled, this scheme is bound to improve that significantly.


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