European Recycling Platform España (ERP España) collected 2,185 tonnes of portable batteries in 2016, an increase of 32 % on the volume of batteries collected and managed in the previous year.

This figure represents a collection rate of 45.78 %, almost 1% more than the EU target, which has been increased from 25 % to 45 %. The collection rate is the percentage of batteries collected with respect to the average volume placed on the market in the preceding three years. This means that almost one of every two batteries placed on the market was collected in a segregated manner for recycling. ERP member producers placed a total of 4,638 tonnes of portable batteries and accumulators on the market last year, which represents a market share of 38.9 %.

 

ERP has been working hard for many years to improve and enlarge its end-of-life battery collection network with a view to achieving the new, ambitious EU collection target set for last year. And in 2020, this target is set to rise to 50 %.

ERP España also devotes a lot of time and effort to raising social awareness to facilitate the correct recycling of this hazardous waste. Although batteries account for a very small fraction of annual domestic waste (less than 0.1% in weight), they are potentially very highly contaminating. Some materials such as cadmium, lead and mercury, still contained in very specific battery types, are hazardous even in small amounts. Appropriate management of end-of-life batteries neutralises their potential to contaminate, meaning that it is of great importance to deposit them in the correct selective collection containers.