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BRUSSELS, Belgium (Dec 14) – In most old EU countries, there are systems for the retrieval and recycling of household batteries, car and industrial batteries, but most new EU countries lack collecting systems right away, or they are way under the target percentage, with an average 10%. Within 6 years, the industry will have to […]

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Dec 14) – In most old EU countries, there are systems for the retrieval and recycling of household batteries, car and industrial batteries, but most new EU countries lack collecting systems right away, or they are way under the target percentage, with an average 10%. Within 6 years, the industry will have to organize a recycling percentage of 25% for household batteries in all EN countries, and within 10 years the overall percentage must be 45% (the percentage varies per battery type). Batteries that contain more than 0,0005 weight percentage mercury or 0,002% cadmium are banned altogether, with the exception of cadmium-containing industrial batteries.
The world market for all types of batteries grows with 9%. The EU consumes 800,000 ton car batteries, 190,000 ton industrial batteries and 160,000 tons of household batteries.(OB)

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