Environment chiefs battle over ban on NiCad batteries

EU ENVIRONMENT ministers will fight over rules for battery recycling and a ban on nickel cadmium (NiCad) batteries on Monday (20 December), but the European Commission has warned it will overrule any proposal which weakens environmental protection.

Under the proposal – known as the EU battery directive – member states will have to collect and recycle the 160,000 tonnes of portable batteries placed annually on the EU market to prevent their harmful substances being released into the environment.

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