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Caveat o' the year

From our friends at EUPravda:

"Community legislation on batteries applies to all batteries (exception: batteries used in equipment connected with the protection of Member States' essential security interest and batteries in equipment designed to be sent to space)".

That is the first line of its page on batteries, which we will be compelled to recycle under pain of having to watch Europarl.TV for the rest of our lives while straitjacketed in solitary. Probably.

"To ensure that a high proportion of spent batteries and accumulators are recycled, Member States must take whatever measures are needed (including economic instruments) to promote and maximise separate waste collections and prevent batteries and accumulators being thrown away as unsorted municipal refuse. They have to make arrangements enabling end-users to discard spent batteries and accumulators at collection points in their vicinity and have them taken back at no charge by the producers. Collection rates of at least 25% and 45% have to be reached by 26 September 2012 and 26 September 2016 respectively".

I imagine some creative accounting will be undertaken vis a vis the latter ,but oh they will be piling (1) on the pressure:

"End-users are to be informed in various ways:

  • through campaigns covering, among other things, the potential effects on the environment and human health of the substances used in batteries and accumulators, and the collection and recycling arrangements at the end-users' disposal;
  • being directly informed by distributors that they can discard waste batteries and accumulators at sales points;
  • visible, legible and indelible markings on batteries, accumulators and battery packs with the following information: the symbol of the crossed-out wheeled bin (in Annex II to the Directive); the capacity of the accumulator or the portable battery; the chemical symbols Hg, Cd and Pb if the batteries, accumulators or button cells contain over 0.0005% mercury, over 0.002% cadmium or over 0.004% lead. If the battery, accumulator or battery pack are too small, this information appears on the packaging".

I tell you, the living are already envying the dead.


(1) To this day, French adverts for 'piles' still make me snigger like a small child.

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Anonymous ianvisits said... 2:16 pm

Another way of looking at it:

Burying intact batteries in the ground = bad.

Putting batteries in space, where a mistake with the guidance system can result in the satellite burning up in the atmosphere and scattering battery gasses over hundreds of sq miles = safe.  



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