UK meets 18% battery recycling target for 2011


July 2012

Portable battery recycling data published by the Environment Agency show that the UK met its battery recycling target in 2011.

The total collection rate for the six battery compliance schemes in the UK was 18.03%, marginally higher than the 18% collection target.

The 2011 interim informal target was not legally-binding for the UK but was been put in place as interim measures to track improvements in the tonnages of portable batteries being collected in the run up to the first legally binding target of 25% which comes into effect this year. The target will then rise to 45% in 2015.

According to the Environment Agency data, large producers who are obligated under the Batteries Regulations placed a total of 39,813.456 tonnes of batteries onto the market, evidence notes were issued for a total of 7,999.945 tonnes of waste batteries collected.

It should be noted that significant progress in the UK collection rate has been made in recent years. Portable battery recycling has risen from 9.56% in 2010, to almost achieving the 18% target in 2011. However, battery producer compliance schemes are concerned that the rate of portable battery recycling in the UK could plateau unless further investment in the collection infrastructure is made. Participation levels need to continue to increase in order to keep the UK on track to meet its 2012 target of 25%.