The Environment Agency have released Q3 battery recycling data showing that the UK have nearly met the first mandatory battery recycling target for 2012.
The UK collection rate target for 2012 is 25% of all batteries placed on the UK market over the three preceding years (2010, 2011 an 2012). The average amount of batteries placed on the market currently stands at 35,759 tonnes. The data shows that the current UK collection rate for 2012 is 24.45% based on quarters one to three of 2012 with a total of 8,795 tonnes having been collected to date by schemes. The collection rate is calculated based on the evidence notes accepted for the waste portable batteries that schemes have had recycled.
This latest data shows that the UK are clearly on track for the 25% mandatory recycling target with a relatively small allocation of batteries to be recycled in the final quarter of the year.
BatteryBack's General Manager Dave Reynolds, is delighted with the UK's progress and feels confident about the final quarter.
He said: "The collection rate is a result of the effort that has gone into battery recycling over the last few years. There has been a considerable increase in the amount of battery recycling collection points across the UK as well as developments in the provision of kerb side battery recycling through local authorities. We have built a sound foundation for the increasing recycling targets over the next 4 years."