Collection Responsibilities

Eucobat Positions
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Extended Producer Responsibility

OECD defines Extended Producer Responsibility as an environmental policy approach in which a producer’s responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product’s life cycle.

However, while the policy mechanism is called Extended Producer Responsibility, it should be borne in mind that all actors in the product chain and in society must participate in order to optimise its effects. Sharing responsibilities across the product chain and society is an inherent part of EPR.

Eucobat Position

Separate collection is a precondition for ensuring specific treatment and recycling of waste portable batteries and is necessary to achieve the chosen level of protection of the environment. Consumers have to actively contribute to the success of such collection and should be encouraged to return waste portable batteries. For this purpose, convenient facilities should be set up for the return of waste portable batteries. Distributors and municipalities have an important role in contributing to the success of the collection. 

As the consumer convenience is one of the most important success factors for any collection scheme, distributors should provide for the collection, at retail shops or in their immediate proximity free of charge to end-users and with no obligation to buy a new battery, unless an assessment shows that alternative existing collection schemes are likely to be at least as effective. 

Municipalities are an important actor in the selective collection of waste in some Member States. For this reason, it is recommended that in these Member States the municipalities are an integral part of the collection network for waste batteries. This will increase the consumer awareness and convenience. 

While the responsibility of distributors and municipalities is in practice already applied in most European countries, it is recommended to clarify this in the text of the Batteries Directive.