Battery recycling in EU
The law allows customers to return batteries to retailers to increase the recovery rates. "According to the EU, about 800,000 tonnes of automotive batteries, 190,000 tonnes of industrial batteries and 160,000 tonnes of portable (consumer) batteries are placed on the European market annually. And as they rightly observe thousands of tonnes of metals, such as nickel, cobalt and silver, will be recovered when batteries are recycled."
It was my understanding, however, that batteries aren't truly recycled, but are just disposed of safely. If this law is effective and can increase recovery rate of batteries, and thus decrease the amount going into landfills, that's great. But like much legislation on e-waste and recycling, it is still burdening retailers and consumers instead of the manufacturer, which isn't much of a fast track to product innovation.