Collection Targets for Batteries

The concept of a collection target in relation to the volume placed on the market is not appropriate for (waste) batteries. In most cases, there is no correlation between the quantities of batteries recently put on the market and waste batteries that are available for collection. Most batteries are not available for collection within three years of the date they’ve been put on the market.

A collection target can only be adequate if it is related to the quantities of waste batteries available for collection.

This concept has already been integrated in the new WEEE Directive, and allows taking into account the differing life cycles of the batteries and of the appliances they are used in, as well as the market situation and saturation.