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By September 2016, EU countries are required to achieve a collection rate of 45%. Italy touched 42% at the end of 2015.
Seven EU member states already achieved the 45% collection rate target set by the EU for September 25th 2016. The seven countries are Slovakia (66%), Luxembourg (65%), Sweden (59%), Belgium (55%), Austria (54%), Finland (46%) and Bulgaria (45%).
Both Denmark and Germany are one percentage point away from the target, although the German GRS Batteries collection consortium claims Germany achieved a 45.9% rate in 2015. At the end of last year, according to the latest report by the Batteries and Accumulators Coordination Centre, Italy was at 42%.
The last place goes to Croatia and Cyprus, with as low as 19% according to 2014 data. The two countries are preceded by Malta (21%) and Estonia (22%), according to Eurostat figures. It seems that many EU countries won’t be able to achieve the target set for this year’s autumn.
The Directorate-General for the Environment of the EU Commission estimated that every year about 800 thousand tons of vehicle batteries, 190 thousand tons of industrial accumulators, and 160 thousand tons of small-sized batteries are put on the European market.