Cooperation for better collection and recycling
Batteriinsamlingen is a cooperation between El-Kretsen and BlyBatteriRetur.
Increase collection of batteries
The primary goal for Batteriinsamlingen is to increase collection of batteries in Sweden, through motivating people and to give them practical information of where to bring their used batteries. Other goals are to give information to households in accordance with Government Regulation on producers' responsibility for accumulators, support municipalities in their work to increase collection of batteries, support schools with information about collection and recycling of batteries.
All batteries are to be collected.
Collection and recycling of batteries as well information about this, is restricted by Swedish law, Government Regulation (2008:834) on producers' responsibility for accumulators. This regulation is based on Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators. The new regulation is valid from first of January 2009, and from that date the producers are responsible for collecting and recycling of batteries.
Most producers of waste electric and electronic equipment, including batteries, are organised through El-Kretsen, which work for common handling and recycling of smaller batteries. In the same way most producers of start batteries and industrial batteries are organised through BlyBatteriRetur, which work for common handling and recycling of lead batteries.
El-Kretsen and BlyBatteriRetur have chosen to collect batteries in cooperation with the Swedish municipalities.
The collection system
Portable batteries are collected on several collection points in each municipality. Collection points are to be found, in shops, in municipal recycling centres, near recycling stations and in other suitable places. In some municipalities batteries are collected through curb-side collection. Start batteries and industrial batteries are collected through municipal recycling centres, through sales points and car repair shops.
Recycling of batteries
Collected batteries are sorted after type and content and sent to different recycling plants. At the recycling plants, each metal is recycled in its own process. The recycled material is used in new production, many times in production of new batteries.
Communications, Ulrika Eliason Telephone: +46 8544 212 95