The European Union has settled on the formal text of a new
battery recycling law. Under the new law, which would go in effect starting
2008, batteries with trace amounts of toxic chemicals will have to be recycled.
Batteries affected include any batteries that contain cadmium or mercury which
is damaging to health -- including AA, cell phone batteries, notebook batteries and even batteries found on computer motherboards.
Retailers and local authorities are expected to have
collection boxes in stores or some type of collection method within the two
year time frame. Picking up the recycling bill will be the battery
manufacturers which may raise battery prices. Failing to separate batteries
from normal garbage may also result in fines for home owners.
Even though the law hasn’t gone into effect there are
already naysayers that argue the exception of industrial power tools could make
the law useless. The EU has been extremely progressive with environmental protection and electronics. The Restriction of Hazardous Substances, or RoHS, was adopted by the EU in 2003, which virtually eliminated lead from solder and other electrical components.