Sustainable solutions throughout a battery’s lifecycle
With the purpose of protecting the health and environment through improved environmental performance, batteries are subject to a number of waste management requirements. With its long-time expertise and a membership comprising end-of-life experts, RECHARGE is proactively involved in improving the environmental performance of batteries throughout their lifecycle.
Recycling and Raw Materials
Thanks to its “Circular Economy Package” the European Commission has paved the way to manage waste as a resource.
At RECHARGE we believe that recycling and re-use have to become attractive options for the public and private sectors due to a variety of professional collection schemes in the Member States, and the development of markets for secondary raw materials.
When high-quality recycling is ensured throughout Europe in a sustainable way, illegal shipments of waste should be eliminated, and waste landfilling abandoned. To accomplish that milestone, some targeted incentives should be given to the sector to improve the use of secondary raw materials, to re-use waste, and to improve recycling technologies.
In this sense, the Raw Materials Initiative (RMI) of the EU Commission, is the right way forward to help European industries, and research & innovation to engage in long-term planning and investments in the area of recycling. The challenge here is to keep the materials in Europe.
To increase the efficiency of materials collection for recycling, a number of regulatory instruments are already applicable, such as the Directive on End-of-Life Vehicles, the Directive on Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment, the Batteries Directive and the Waste Framework Directive. The interface between these legislations is a challenge and RECHARGE is involved in a series of activities to further drive harmonization and eliminate overlaps, especially with regard to the control of hazardous substances.