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EU battery directive

The EU Battery-Directive (91//157/EEC) requires Member States to organize the separate collection of batteries that contain dangerous substances such as mercury, cadmium, and lead. In some countries, the producer was required to organize and finance the waste management of used batteries containing dangerous substances.

With the new Battery Directive (2006/66/EC) which must be implemented by all EU Member States by September 2008, all batteries must be collected even if they do not contain dangerous substances.

From September 26, 2008 every battery must be marked with the crossed-out wheeled waste bin symbol. In addition, a marking with the chemical symbol (Hg, Cd, Pb) is required for batteries containing more than 0,0005% mercury (Hg), more than 0,002% cadmium (Cd) and/or more than 0,004% lead (Pb).

Used batteries should not be treated as household waste and should be collected separately. By ensuring correct disposal of your batteries, you will help prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human health, which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling of batteries.

You are obligated to correct disposal of your used batteries for example at your municipal collection station or by handing the batteries back to the retailer. Accordingly we are obligated to redeem batteries coming from products you bought at our shop. You can send them back to us and we will dispose of them according to the law.