Algeria: Trade union of car battery producers calls on the authorities to save the sector

After the authorisation of the export of ferrous and non-ferrous metal waste, lead ingots and powder and other manufactured products used as raw materials for battery recycling, by the Ministers of Trade and Export, and Environment and Finance, the Union of Car Battery Producers called on the authorities to cancel the decision, which does not apply to the 2010 Supplementary Finance Law stipulating, in Article 43, that the export of ferrous and non-ferrous waste is prohibited. The union added that about 2,500 jobs in the recycling and processing of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap and another 2,500 in production are threatened by this authorisation, which also affects 14 public and private factories. Members of the union referred to a study that includes the production capacity of the factories and the sale and purchase prices of lead as waste to demonstrate that they are capable of doubling the production value of batteries, exporting them in finished form, covering the needs of the national market, and supplying the country with foreign currency.