Extracts from the press briefing by Barbara Helfferich, spokesperson of Stavros Dimas, on the transposition of the Batteries Directive
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 26/09/2008 First transmission: 26/09/2008
The European Commission announced that the revision of the the 2006 Battery Directive came into force. Adopted by the European Parliament and Council in 2006, the revised Batteries Directive should be transposed by Member States into national law from 26/09/2008. This revised text aimed to improve the collection, recycling and treatment of batteries in the European Union. The directive also makes producers responsible for the management of batteries once they become waste.
Barbara Helfferich, spokesperson of Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, explained that the aim of the new text was to deal with hazardous materials and to harmonize the way Member States deal with such materials.
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||Barbara Helfferich spokesperson of Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, saying (in ENGLISH) that this is a revised directive which comes into force and was proposed by the Commission in 2006. It aims to improve the collection, recycling and treatment of batteries in the EU, and it aims to improve the better functioning of the internal market. In 2002 they did an evaluation of the existing directive and they had to conclude that the existing batteries directive, was not adequate anymore to deal with the hazardous material, that are in batteries and that were being seen in waste streams across the EU. For example, in 2002, there were 75 thousand, 155 tons of portable batteries sold in the EU 15. They have to assume that all batteries to some extend, are hazardous to the environment, some more, some less. But different Member States were dealing with problems of waste and batteries in different ways.
||Barbara Helfferich saying (in ENGLISH) that the directive also tries to avoid the final disposal of batteries and accumulators and it poses restrictions on the substances used in batteries and accumulators.
It restricts the use of mercury in all batteries and the use of cadmium in portable batteries with certain exemptions.
Collection requirements for all batteries as well as collection targets for portable batteries are also part of this particular directive, and the requirements that all batteries and accumulators collected must undergo sound treatment and recycling.
Finally a ban on lampfillings and incineration for all the motors and industrial batteries is also part of this directive.
||Barbara Helfferich saying (in ENGLISH) that the user does not carry any of the charges; it is the manufacturer as well as the collection of batteries that needs to be organized by Member States, together with the manufacturers. They also have foreseen in the directive, information campaigns for the consumer, to know about hazardous objects, and how to recycle different types of batteries. That too is under the responsibility, in terms of financing, of the manufacturers who produce or who import the batteries into the European Union.
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