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On 08, Jan 2014 | In | By admin

Batteries

Waste batteries and accumulators: Take-back obligation

Waste batteries and accumulators often contain hazardous substances such as mercury, lead and cadmium and thus should not be disposed of with household waste. That is why many countries have passed laws that regulate the take-back and proper recycling of batteries and include material restrictions.

In this context, the EU played a leading part and issued EU Directive 2006/66/EC for Waste Batteries and Accumulators. It establishes, for instance, uniform EU-wide collection and recycling quotas for waste batteries and accumulators as well as limits for the use of lead, cadmium and mercury. Manufacturers, importers and distributors of batteries and battery operated devices are responsible for taking back and disposing of waste batteries and accumulators.