EU Battery Directive

Waste Batteries and Accumulators Directive aim is to improve the environmental performance of batteries.

The Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators Directive (2006/66/EC) aim is to improve the environmental performance of batteries and accumulators and minimise the impact waste batteries and accumulators has on the environment. The Directive achieves these aims by placing requirements on the design of all new batteries, and maximising the separate collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries and accumulators, reducing the disposal of batteries and accumulators in the municipal waste stream.

Key requirements of the Directive include:

• Restrictions on the use of cadmium and mercury in the design and manufacture of new batteries.

• Labelling requirements – all new batteries to be marked with a crossed out wheeled bin symbol and the appropriate chemical symbol where applicable.

• Registration of all ‘producers’ e.g. manufacturers or importers of batteries.

• Collection targets for waste portable batteries of 25% of average annual sales by 2012, rising to 45% in 2016.

• A ban on the disposal of untreated automotive and industrial batteries in landfill or by incineration.

• A requirement for ‘producers’ or third parties acting on their behalf to arrange for the collection and recycling of waste industrial and automotive batteries.

• Requirement for ‘producers’ or third parties acting on their behalf to arrange for the collection and recycling and/or sound disposal of waste portable batteries deposited at collection facilities.

For more information on EU Battery Directive:
http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/environment/waste_management

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