Half of batteries sold in EU are collected for recycling

Over recent years, sales of portable batteries and accumulators in the EU remained relatively stable: from 176.000 tonnes in 2010, the amounts fell slightly to 169.000 tonnes in 2013, before rising steadily to 191.000 tonnes in 2018.

In contrast, collection of waste batteries and accumulators in the EU steadily increased from 55.000 tonnes in 2010 to 88.000 tonnes in 2018.

As a result, the collection rate of portable batteries and accumulators gradually increased from 35% in 2011 to 48% in 2018.

Among the EU Member States, Croatia recorded the highest collection rate of portable batteries and accumulators (96%) in 2018 and was followed by Poland (81%), Luxembourg (69%), Belgium (62%) and Slovakia (58%).

In contrast, the lowest rates were recorded in Estonia (30%), Cyprus (30%, 2017 data) and Portugal (31%).