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Parliamentary questions
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23 January 2019
Question for written answer E-000344-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Geoffroy Didier (PPE)

 Subject:  Recycling of batteries in Europe
 Answer in writing 

A recent study carried out by the European Commission brought to light an alarming environmental issue: only 45% of batteries undergo specialised recycling in the EU. Thus, the majority of cells and batteries, including automotive and industrial batteries, end up in municipal waste centres, where they are not dealt with adequately.

To take the example of portable batteries, more than 15% of them are not recycled, i.e. a total of 35 000 tonnes. The environmental damage is all the greater since the recycling of batteries allows a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions associated with the production of lead and a reduction of their potential toxicity by a factor of 18.

Having ascertained this lamentable level of implementation of Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators, does the Commission plan to strengthen its legislation in order to meet this ecological challenge and ensure the full and effective recycling of batteries in Europe?

Original language of question: FR 
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