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2023-10-17 Webcontent

The Battery Regulation: Focus on environmental protection and recycling

The Battery Regulation is an essential instrument on the way to a circular value chain for batteries within the EU. It is being introduced in Germany and many other European countries to ensure that batteries are manufactured, distributed, used and disposed of responsibly.

Patrick Zank
Arne Gruenewald

Among other things, the regulation governs various aspects of the life cycle of batteries:

(a) Labeling: all batteries must be labeled according to their type to allow easy identification and sorting for recycling. There are various symbols that indicate the battery type and environmentally relevant information.

b) Return obligation: sellers of batteries are legally obliged to take back used batteries free of charge, regardless of whether they sell the same type of batteries. This is to ensure that old batteries are disposed of properly.

c) Recycling quotas: The regulation sets specific recycling quotas that determine the amount of spent batteries collected in relation to new batteries sold. Manufacturers and distributors must ensure that these quotas are met.

d) Prohibition of certain substances: The Battery Regulation restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in batteries to minimize their potential harmful effects on the environment.

The Battery Regulation is a significant tool to improve environmental protection related to batteries and accumulators. It helps to reduce environmental impact, conserve valuable resources, and protect the health of people and nature. As consumers, we can do our part by properly disposing of used batteries and using environmentally friendly alternatives such as rechargeable batteries or accumulators.

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