Romania ranks last in the EU for battery recycling

Newsroom 05/11/2018 | 13:37

Romania is on the last spot in the EU in the collection rate of portable batteries and accumulators, with only 21 percent, while the target set by the EU in the batteries directive was 45 percent.

In fact, only 15 out of the 28 member states have reached the 45 percent target set by the batteries directive. Among the remaining member states, 8 countries did not reach the 45 percent target and 5 countries did not report a collection rate.

Across the European Union as a whole, an estimated 44 percent of the batteries and accumulators sold were later collected for recycling in 2016, according to the last data from Eurostat.

The first five countries in battery recycling are Belgium, with 71 percent, Luxembourg with 63 percent, Hungary and Lithuania with 53 percent and the Czech Republic with 52 percent.

The last five countries of EU are Romania with 21 percent, Cyprus with 28 percent, Croatia with 29 percent, Latvia with 39 percent and Estonia with 31 percent.

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