The Batteries and Accumulators Directive (2006/66/EC) was designed to reduce the quantity of hazardous and non-hazardous waste batteries going to landfill and increase the recovery of waste materials.


Key provisions in the Directive include: 


  • A 25% collection target for waste portable batteries by 2012 and 45% by 2016

  • A ban on the disposal by landfill or incineration of waste industrial and automotive batteries – in effect a 100% recycling target

  • Restrictions on the use of mercury and cadmium in batteries

  • Labelling requirements for new batteries to aid consumer choice and recycling

  • The introduction of ‘producer responsibility’ obligations

  • National producer registration schemes


The ‘producer responsibility’ provisions include Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) manufacturers if their products include batteries when placed on the market.


Member States had until 26 September 2008 to transpose the Directive into national law, and introduce a national registration scheme for ‘producers’ to register with the relevant environment agency.


Our Environmental Systems Specialist can help you:


  • Identify whether your company has to comply with the Directive

  • Identify the registration schemes relevant to your markets

  • Assist with the registration process, especially in Italy, where registration requires use of an electronic signature 'Smart Card' valid in Italy


Contact us for more information on how GEMARMED can help you meet the EU Batteries Directive requirements, or to talk with our Environmental Systems Specialist.