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All batteries in EU to be recyclable by 2027 at Spain's instigation
Saturday, July 15, 2023 @ 1:37 AM

BATTERIES from mobile phones, laptops and even cars are among those that must be recyclable within the next four years in accordance with a new European Union regulation, as explained by Spain's minister for ecological transition.

Teresa Ribera says reusing the materials in batteries, particularly lithium, will mean Spain and the rest of the EU will be able to produce new ones on home soil.

“At the end of their useful life, batteries contain many valuable resources, and we should be able to use these critical primary materials again instead of depending upon third countries to supply them,” Sra Ribera explains.

The requirement, voted on in the Council of Europe – currently presided by Spain – will be enforced in all member States from the year 2027.

“These new rules will help make European industry more competitive, and will guarantee that new batteries are sustainable and contribute towards the 'green' transition,” says Teresa Ribera.

All batteries, and remains of incomplete batteries, will be subject to the regulation – from machinery of all sizes from industrial to small electronics, from those sold in packs in supermarkets for household implements such as clocks and torches, and from vehicles.

This includes batteries used in conventional-fuel cars to make them start, as well as those used instead of fuel in electrically-powered vehicles.



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