HookedOnRecycling.com Investigates The Impact of New Battery Recycling Rules

New Battery Recycling Rules Receive Positive and Negative Reviews On February 1st new European Legislation was introduced governing the recycling of batteries but already manufacturers are making noises of discontent.

HookedOnRecycling.com Investigates The Impact of New Battery Recycling Rules

Under the new EU laws, retail stores selling over 32kg of batteries a year must provide in-store recycling bins to encourage battery recycling. But manufacturers complain that the £3million bill for disposal and lack of consumer awareness make the new legislation flawed.

Currently, the UK recycles 3% of the 600 million batteries sold, meaning over half a billion batteries end up in UK landfill sites every year. Such a large amount of batteries going to landfill is a major concern for household environmentalists and Defra, as batteries can leak toxic substances such as cadmium into ground water. Mobile phone recycling companies have taken over our television sets of late to help capitalize on the recycling bandwagon. But despite this, in only the first month of the new legislation, battery manufacturers are already voicing their frustration with the recycling initiative. Vince Armitage, divisional vice-president at Varta, said: “The directive places the responsibility of meeting its stringent collection and recycling targets on the manufacturer, but it relies on the awareness of consumers to make it work.”

And it’s not just manufacturers that believe awareness is a major issue, with Bob Gordon from the British Retail Consortium asking for a “comprehensive and continuing Government information campaign.”

There’s no doubting that recycling awareness in the UK is lower than in some of our close EU neighbour countries. Figures from Defra suggest that UK households are only recycling 17% of 30.5 million tonnes of waste compared to over 50% on the continent. However companies that offer cash for old mobile phone batteries are proving to be popular and helping the recycling initiative.

The campaign for awareness becomes even louder when you consider the findings of recent battery recycling research conducted by waste and resources organisation
WRAP:
– An estimated 30,000 tonnes of batteries enter the UK market each year.
– 22,000 tonnes (or 110 Jumbo Jets) worth of household batteries (including mobile phones) end up in landfill unnecessarily every year
– 9 out of 10 people would recycle if there were a kerb-side collection scheme

With these figures firmly in their minds, the EU Council and Defra will no-doubt be hoping for support from public-eye recycling campaigners such as http://www.Love2Recycle.com to help build awareness and get the message across.

With help from third party campaigners, the new legislation does stand a good chance of increasing battery recycling and has strong support from the Government’s ‘Battery Compliance Scheme’ reports HookedOnRecycling. The scheme enables retailers to get their recycle bins emptied free of charge, allowing stores of all sizes to have a recycle point with no extra overheads incurred.

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US Firm Experiences Spike In Demand For Green Building Materials

Florida-based home improvement quote website Local Quoter America has announced a spike in the level of demand for environmentally friendly building materials since the start of 2010.

The company, which has its head office in Miami, said more and more households are looking to use ‘green’ building materials such as vinyl siding in their home improvement projects, in an effort to minimize the effect of their properties on the environment.

One of the strongest themes to come out of last month’s 2010 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, was the increasing desire to build sustainable homes in America. The proof that more emphasis is being placed on eco-friendly products such as siding, can be found by looking at recent trends witnessed by Local Quoter.

Les Yates is head of the online price comparison website www.localquoter.net/us which searches for home improvement quotes from a database containing thousands of building companies across America.

He said: “So far during 2010, over 50 per cent of all the enquiries we have received through the website have been related to siding quotes. I think it really shows how important the use of environmentally friendly materials is to homeowners, as well as a strong indication of the way the building industry is going.”

Siding has always been a popular product in America as an exterior cladding for houses, but increasing knowledge about climate change issues and the importance of using sustainable building materials has boosted awareness considerably. Like other sustainable products, the vinyl siding manufacturing process is very efficient, with little waste produced. The product is also virtually maintenance free and only needs periodic cleaning with soap and water much like the materials used in the frames for replacement windows.

Calli Schmidt, director of environmental communications at the Washington-based National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), backed up the recent trend seen by Local Quoter America. She said the organisation is also expecting to see increased demand for green materials, although “it is not a landslide yet”, with the state of the credit market holding back building projects whether they have green credentials or not.

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Hazmat Training Comes to Nashville

When workers handle hazardous waste or ship hazardous materials, training is not just a good idea, it’s the law. According to the EPA, workers who handle hazardous waste must be trained annually, and the federal DOT requires that workers involved in the shipment of hazardous materials be trained at least every three years.

Hazmat Training Comes to Nashville

Environmental Resource Center, the leading provider of environmental and safety training, will present the mandatory training in Nashville on March 2-4, 2010 at the Radisson Hotel, Nashville Airport. Classes begin at 8am and end at 5pm each day.

Hazardous Waste Management: The Complete Course will be taught on March 2 and 3.

DOT Hazardous Materials Training: The Complete Course will be taught on March 4 at the same location.

Registration for the training is available by calling 800-537-2372 or at http://www.ercweb.com/classes.

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Hazmat Training Comes to Kansas City

When workers handle hazardous waste or ship hazardous materials, training is not just a good idea, it’s the law. According to the EPA, workers who handle hazardous waste must be trained annually, and the federal DOT requires that workers involved in the shipment of hazardous materials be trained at least every three years.

Hazmat Training Comes to Kansas City

Environmental Resource Center, the leading provider of environmental and safety training, will present the mandatory training in Kansas City at the Hyatt Place, Kansas City Airport on March 2 – 4, 2010. Classes begin at 8am and end at 5pm each day.

Hazardous Waste Management: The Complete Course will be taught on March 2 and 3.

DOT Hazardous Materials Training: The Complete Course will be taught on March 4 at the same location.

Registration for the training is available by calling 800-537-2372 or at http://www.ercweb.com/classes.

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