It is estimated that each year in Italy about 800,000 tonnes of car batteries, 190,000 tonnes of industrial batteries, and 190,000 tonnes of non-lead portable batteries are put on sale in the market.
Waste batteries and accumulators contain hazardous substances such as lead, cadmium, zinc, and mercury, to mention just a few.
If not treated or properly disposed of at specialised treatment centres many of these substances represent a threat to the environment. That just1 gram of mercury contained in a battery can pollute up to 1,000 litres of water is food enough for thought.
For this reason Italy brought in Legislative Decree no. 188 of 20th November 2008. The purpose of the legislation is to minimize the adverse impact of Batteries and Accumulators and the corresponding waste, and in this way to protect the future of the planet.
How, though, can the collection of this waste be increased?
Legislative Decree no. 188 has set the following target: by 26th September 2012 the level of separate collection of portable batteries and accumulators must reach 25% of the quantity released onto the market. By 26th September 2016 that level must reach 45%.
ReMedia Consortium, a leader in the sector that handles WEEE thanks to its top level operating model (VRS ®), shows the same efficiency and quality in its handling of batteries and accumulators.