In Italy, the 6 September 2006 Directive 2006/66/EC of the European Parliament and Council on batteries and accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators (WBA) was implemented with Legislative Decree No. 188/2008. This places the responsibility of managing the collection, treatment and recycling of WBA on producers of portable batteries and accumulators for motor and industrial vehicles.
The regulation establishes the “Extended Producer Responsibility” principle for this type of product, asserting that the collection, recycling and treatment of WBA must be managed in a similar manner to WEEE.
The collection and recycling of waste batteries must be a commitment for everyone because:
- the correct management of the collection and recycling of waste portable batteries benefits the environment and the community;
- waste batteries can be recycled to recover their raw materials;
- the European Directive imposes strict target rates for collection.