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Today, 20%-35% of the portable batteries are put on the market, integrated in an appliance. According to the Eurobat statistics, one third of the automotive batteries are put on the market incorporated within a vehicle.
Given the specificity of batteries and their chemical composition, and in order to ensure high environmental and safety standards, it is required that all batteries are removed from WEEE and end-of life vehicles. This is the only way to guarantee that all batteries will be recycled according to the recycling efficiency provisions for batteries.
It is therefore of the utmost importance that all batteries and all waste batteries are regulated by the Battery Directive, and that they are not considered as components, sub- assemblies, accessories or consumables of (W)EEE or (end-of life) vehicles.