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The new Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC applies to all types of batteries regardless of their shape, volume, weight, material composition or use. The Directive also specifically includes batteries which are incorporated into electrical equipment, apart from batteries contained in military and space equipment.
The Batteries Directive introduces substance restrictions, labelling requirements for new batteries and requirements for new electrical equipment to be designed so that batteries can be easily removed. Battery manufacturers and importers of batteries (including batteries which are incorporated into electrical equipment) are also required to register as a 'batteries producer' and manage battery collection, recycling and reporting in every EU Member State where they sell batteries or equipment containing batteries.
The registration process and management requirements are different in each EU Member State. ENVIRON's consultants can assess legal exposure to the Batteries Directive for sales of your equipment in Europe and provide a detailed Compliance Action Plan for your company. We also help you complete your batteries producer registrations in EU Member State where you sell batteries or equipment containing batteries. Our quarterly update service will keep you up to date as EU Member States finalize the details of their national regulations over the coming year.
For further information on the Batteries Directive view our presentation on 'Producer responsibility provisions for EU batteries collection, recycling and reporting'. This is also available in French, German and Italian.
Up to one third of WEEE is being recycled outside of producer take-back schemes by treatment operators and not being reported according to report on Europe’s WEEE regimes released by DIGITALEUROPE, European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA) and LightingEurope.