The 24th International Congress for Battery Recycling ICBR was held in Lyon, France from September 19 to 20, 2019. EERA had the opportunity to speak about recyclers’ problems with batteries in WEEE. EERA Senior Expert Manfred Fahrner gave a presentation and took part on panel discussion on the future of battery collection and recycling. Manfred presented some provocative thesis, he accused the producing industry of gross negligence for not having thought out the end-of-life phase of Li-Io batteries. He called for improved collection rates for batteries to reduce the number of batteries found in other waste streams. Recyclers of WEEE and other waste streams are big battery collectors and should be paid for their cost of handling and collecting batteries and they should be better protected from the risks of high energy batteries and financially compensated.
The presentation and EERA’s input to the panel discussion were well received. The risks of Li-Io batteries was subject of many contributions. Awareness for the problems is definitely growing. Our thanks go to the organizers ICM (who are also organizing the International Electronics Recycling Congress) for allowing EERA to present our positions without the cost of congress registration.
Link to the presentation: eera-beyond-the-battery-directive-september-2019.pdf