According a comprehensive study of Perchards on behalf of EPBA (European Portable Battery Association), 220,000 tons of portable batteries were sold in EU countries including Switzerland. This is equivalent to 420 gr per inhabitants, which has been a stable value in average since 2010. In opposite, the number of batteries has slightly grown from 18 to 20 per person and year, which reflects the increase of rechargeable batteries with higher performance and lower weight per piece.
In 2015, the “big four” countries DE, UK, Fr, It (in order) represent 63% of all portable batteries put on market (POM). Also 63% of used batteries have been collected in these countries – with emphasis of 22% in DE.
Sales of battery chemistries have been subdivided in 2015 into following shares:
Taking German 2016 data into account, it confirms a strong swift from primary batteries to secondary Li-Ion batteries, reflecting also the decline of old fashioned NiCd accumulator type, whose sale is forbidden since January 2017. This will even foster the predominance of Li-Ion battery sales.
Source: GRS Batterien, Yearly Report 2016
Unfortunately no consolidated data of collected battery waste is available in EU, but has been estimated to 90,000 tons or 41% collection rate (CR) in 2015. Break down at national level, CR varies from 25% (CY) to 71% (CH). Figure A shows schematically which countries work with successful collection schemes or need to improve performance, in order to catch up legal requirement of minimum 45% CR in 2016.