What is the reason behind the rate increase for batteries?
The new Battery Directive entered into force in August 2023. Producers must increase the collection percentage (currently 45%) to 63% by 2027. Even without this goal, the costs of collection, transport, processing and recycling are increasing. We all have to do our part to absorb these price increases. Furthermore, the necessary stronger focus on safety also contributes to higher rates for the processing of batteries. The basic principle of the rate differentiation is that each type of battery (depending on its chemical composition) must be able to pay for its ‘own’ collection and recycling costs. After all, different compounds - from zinc and manganese to nickel and lithium - have a different environmental impact. As a foundation, we strive to perform our compliance duties adequately and in a cost-effective manner to ensure that importers and producers unequivocally meet their producer responsibility.