Half of UK Population Have Never Recycled a Household Battery

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged Recycling

A recent survey commissioned by the European Recycling Platform (ERP) has found that half the UK population (49%) have never recycled a household battery.

The results of the study found that for 45% of the 49% who have never recycled a battery the main reason was that they didn’t know where to take them, a further 45% said that they was aware of battery recycling but didn’t know if there was a battery collection point near where they lived or worked.

Recycling targets set by the EU Directive states that 25% of all batteries must be recycled by 2012 and then 45% by 2016. With public awareness still so low its unlikely that these targets will be met, if they aren’t then the UK will face fines. In 2009 before the new targets came into force just 2% of batteries were recycled and in 2010 this had risen to just under 10%.

Currently in the UK the keenest battery recyclers are in Wales with 58% being dropped off. The age of people also makes a difference as to whether they are recycling batteries with 52% of over 55’s having dropped them off compared with just 27% of 16-24 year old’s.

Wherever you live in the UK there is a local collection point near you, so once you know where there is one don’t bin your old batteries, take them to the battery box and recycle them correctly.

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