The collection of portable primary and rechargeable batteries in Europe is mandated by Directive 2006/66/EC which requires Member States to achieve a collection rate of 25% in 2012 and 45% in 2016. The European portable power industry commissioned consultants Perchards/Sagis to carry out a study investigating and advising on the achievement of mandatory collection rates for portable primary and rechargeable batteries in EU Member States, plus Iceland Norway and Switzerland. In 2014/5/6/7, EPBA commissioned an update of the study taking into account the previous year’s data.
On the basis of the mostly unofficial data available for this study, of the 31 countries investigated,
• twenty appear to have reached or exceeded a collection rate of 45%7 in 2017: o Since before 2011, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden and Switzerland have consistently exceeded 45%.
o In 2011, Denmark, Slovakia reached 45% for the first time.
o In 2014, Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary, Netherlands first reached 45%.
o In 2015, Germany and, according to data revised in 2018, Poland exceeded 45% for the first time.
o In 2016, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Ireland and Lithuania first reached 45%.