Battery Directive

Battery Directive

The battery directive (2006/66/EC) establish rules about batteries and rechargeable batteries as well as old batteries and old rechargeable batteries” was implemented in Germany in the Batteriengesetz (BattG).

It also establishes specific rules for the collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of waste batteries and accumulators. The Battery Act also restricts the use of cadmium and mercury.

With the entry into force of the Act on 1 December 2009 battery automatically takes the force since 2001 battery regulation repealed. The return and management responsibility for waste batteries and waste batteries is going to stay in the hands of manufacturers, importers and distributors. The return of spent batteries is unwound largely on trade.
Under the new law, all battery manufacturers and importers are from 1 December 2009 obliged to register with the Federal Environment Agency. It should indicate how the recycling is organized .

The Registration Number issued to us by the Federal Environment Agency (Battery Law) is: 14112400

All kinds of portable, automotive and industrial batteries or accumulators, regardless of their shape, volume, weight, material composition or use, are affected. Prohibited are all batteries, accumulators and button cells that contain more than 0,0005 % of mercury by weight, more then 0,004 % of lead by weight and more than 0,002 % of cadmium by weight, except button cells with a mercury content of no more than 2 % by weight.

The obligations of the “producers” for the concerned accumulators and batteries are:

  • Reporting of sales to authorities.
  • Registration with the local authorities.
  • Join collection scheme and financing the recovery of batteries.
  • Information to end-users and disposal companies.
  • Marking batteries with crossed-out wheelie-bin and chemical bin.
  • Information to end-users and disposal companies.


Used accumulators and batteries are marked with a crossed-out-wheelie bin and are strictly forbidden to discard within the household waste. The end-user has to discard the used batteries and accumulators at the sales point or the local collection scheme to make sure they are professionally recycled or disposed of.

Batteries and accumulators containing harmful substances, which exceed certain limits, are to be marked in addition to the „crossed-out bin“ with the chemical symbols of the respective harmful substance (e.g. “Cd” for cadmium , “Pb” for lead, “Hg” for mercury).

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