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Batteries: Recycling

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL11341, tabled on 10 December 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce legislation comparable with the proposal by the European Commission to establish a circular economy for all batteries on the European market; and whether any such plans will include requirements for (1) environmentally and socially responsible extraction of raw materials, (2) recyclability, (3) the provision of recycling systems, (4) the use of recycled materials, and (5) efficiency criteria.

Answered on

23 December 2020

As set out in the Government’s December 2018 Resources and Waste Strategy, we are presently reviewing the arrangements applying to batteries and their treatment at end of life. That review is considering all aspects, including requirements relating to when batteries are first placed on the market. We will consider carefully the proposals recently put forward by the European Commission in this area.