In 2015 a total of 4,178 tons of batteries and accumulators waste were collected by the various systems involved in such activity, as is the case of the Ecolec Foundation or the Ecopilas Foundation. This amount represents a degree of compliance with the objective of 36.73%
Specifically Ecolec, the foundation that has released these data, collected 146 tons of this waste in 2015 through its own networks. Moreover, adding this same type of waste collected through the points of sale, agreements with local entities, logistics optimization and collaboration of other collective systems of extended producer responsibility are added, this amount increases to nearly 250 tons.
Currently, this organization works with 20 producers of batteries and accumulators, almost 6% of the market and has a collection rate of 67.2%, fifty percent above the target set for 2016 and more than double the target by 2015, it reported in a statement.
For its part, the Foundation for Environmental Management of batteries, Ecopilas acknowledges on its Website that it groups more than 70% of the country’s producers and collects 34% of the used batteries that are put on the market.
The Ecopilas foundation, belonging to the Recyclia environmental platform was the first Integrated Management System (SIG) of batteries authorized to collect and manage this waste in all regions of our country, according to Royal Decree 106 / 2008 establishing that GIS must be authorized by the communities where they are located territorially.
Obligations of producers
Ecolec announced this week that it has requested the Community of Madrid, the authorization to be constituted as a Collective System of Extended Producer Responsibility in order to align with the requirements of Royal Decree 710/2015.
According to a press note by Ecolec, this Royal Decree introduces important developments for producers such as the obligation to provide financial guarantees, including the registration number on invoices, differentiate the responsibility of the batteries producer and the device producer depending on the possibility of the batteries to being extracted or not, increase in the collection targets, equipment design and explanation on how to remove the batteries, banning use of mercury in button cells and limiting cadmium in portable devices or a new classification for industrial batteries, among others.