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More people 'will recycle batteries'

People will take up recycling portable batteries when new rules are introduced late this year, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The comments come ahead of the closing tomorrow (February 13th) of a consultation period on how to implement an EU directive on battery recycling.

Under the Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators Directive the EU aims to boost collection of portable batteries to 25 per cent by 2012 and to 45 per cent by 2016.

According to the spokesman: "Portable batteries are easy to dispose of in normal waste as they are small items, and there are few battery collection schemes at the moment."

He added: "This will change with the new batteries regulations when new duties on manufacturers will require them to establish recycling schemes for collecting batteries."

Meanwhile, a report by the Waste and Resources Action Programme discovered that kerbside battery collection was the preferred method of recycling the items.

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