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vehicles,’ Roetynck says. The argu-
ment has always been that the com-
ponents of mopeds and motorcycles
are being re-used. ‘However, that
does not apply for other, new vehicles
in the L-category, such as speed pede-
lecs. It is totally illogical that some
LEVs are excluded from existing elec-
tronics waste management rules.’
a simpler way?
It’s fair to state that both the WEEE
and the Battery directives function
quite well through national schemes.
‘Even so, European technical legisla-
tion creates very serious bottlenecks
in the value chain because it is still
based on out-dated concepts of day-
to-day transportation,’ Roetynck main-
The outcome is that many companies
now have great difficulty understand-
ing and therefore correctly applying
all the laws. This applies not only to
product and traffic safety but also the
recycling and transporting of lithium-
‘Our association believes that it is
really necessary to subject all light
vehicles to the same rules. The fact
that there are two separate registers
for batteries and for WEEE constitutes
an unnecessary administrative burden,
Roetynck argues. ‘Businesses would
benefit from a simplification in this
She thinks consumers and local author-
ities may be able to make a difference.
‘There are multiple awareness cam-
paigns to encourage people to bring in
household batteries for recycling.
Perhaps it would be useful to develop
a similar campaign for lithium-ion bat-
teries considering the importance of
recycling in improving the environmen-
tal impact of these batteries.’
Meanwhile, LEVA-EU and its industry
partners – such as Recharge – will con-
tinue to call for a change in legisla-
tion. ‘It is absolutely vital to transform
the system,’ Roetynck insists.
‘Otherwise we won’t be able to fully
exploit the potential of this dynamic
ket is finally
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