As it is presented in Figure 29, in Europe the quantity of spent Ni-Cd batteries processed for recycling has reached the volume of 2,040 tonnes in the year 2000. When compared to the quantity identified in MSW during the previous years (600 to 800 tonnes), it comes that the recycling rate of Ni-Cd batteries at the european level is higher than 70%. This calculation is presented in Table 6. It is obviously estimated that Ni-Cd batteries left in a hoarding position are not available for collection. Indeed, according to the UN definition, these batteries do not represent a waste generated at source.

Table 6. Application of the Recycling Rate Formula: Case of Europe, 2000 (Source: CollectNiCad)
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