The Eucobat Position Paper on the Collection Target has been updated with new the most recent figures.
The core message remains the same: a collection target can only be adequate if it is related to the quantities of waste available for collection.
Only this way, it allows to measure the performance and the effectivity of the collection scheme.
Based upon the quantities of batteries put on the market, and the known lifespan of the different types of batteries, the batteries that are “end-of-life” can be calculated.
Taking into account the quantities of exported second hand or waste electrical appliances, the quantities of batteries “available-for-collection” can be rated.
An extensive European study on the lifespan of batteries indicates that the quantities of batteries “end-of-life” can be rated at approximately 80% of the batteries put on the market.
The ProSUM study, ordered by the European Commission concludes that at least 45.000 tonnes, or 19% of the batteries “end-of-life” are exported from the EU, incorporated in a second hand or waste electrical appliance, and are thus not available for collection in the European Union. In other words, only 80% of the batteries “end-of-life” are available for collection.
As a consequence, Eucobat proposes to define the collection target in function of the quantities of “batteries available-for-collection”, rated at 65% of the batteries “put-on-the-market” (80% * 80%) in the year previous to the year of collection.