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London - A new survey has found that nearly half the population (49 percent) have never recycled a household battery. For many of these people (45 percent), the main reason is that they don’t know where to take them for recycling: 45 percent of UK adults said that they don’t know if there is a battery recycling collection point near where they live or work, in spite of the thousands of collection points in libraries, schools, offices and shops all around the country.

Battery sorting plant
Foto: GRS Batterien
The law, part of the EU’s Batteries Directive, sets recycling targets of 25 percent of batteries sold by 2012 and 45 percent by 2016. But with such low public awareness, it will be tough to meet these targets. If the UK fails to meet them, it could face fines. In 2009, just 2 percent of batteries were recycled in the UK.

Over a quarter of people who have never recycled a household battery (29 percent) did not even know that batteries could be recycled. Just 2 percent said the main reason why they have never recycled a battery was that they don’t have time and only 8 percent said that they can’t be bothered.

The survey, commissioned by European Recycling Platform (ERP), one of the UK’s leading electrical waste and battery recycling schemes, found that more than two in five people (42 percent) have recycled a battery. The keenest battery recyclers are in Wales( 58 percent) whilst less than a third (30 percent) of people in Northern Ireland have recycled a battery. Almost twice as many over 55s (52 percent) have recycled a battery compared with 16-24 year olds (27 percent).

Scott Butler, General Manager of ERP, said: “Loads of batteries are bought at Christmas. We want people to make their New Year a bit greener by recycling them instead of throwing them in the bin. We’re going to need everyone’s help if the UK is to meet its challenging target of recycling a quarter of all batteries by 2012. Wherever you live, there’s a local collection point near you. So don’t bin them – find out where your nearest battery box is and recycle them.”

Quelle: European Recycling Platform (ERP)

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