Take-back obligation for batteries in the EU

Companies that distribute across borders to end-users are at the same time in the position of battery producers with corresponding obligations. Physical stores must collect all types of waste portable batteries if portable batteries are distributed from that shop.

Art. 8, para. 1 b) 2006/66/EC prescribes the obligation for distributors to take back waste portable batteries free of charge. Companies that distribute across borders to end-users are at the same time in the position of battery producers with corresponding obligations. In many countries, the distributor take-back obligation is then fulfilled by joining the manufacturer take-back system. Physical stores must collect all types of waste portable batteries if portable batteries are distributed from that shop. In countries such as Spain, the Netherlands, France or Germany, collection boxes are provided free of charge by the manufacturers' take-back systems for this purpose. 

In Poland, the obligation to collect batteries is limited to shops with a sales area over 25 m². Furthermore, the obligation only applies to shops where batteries are single sold. Shops selling electrical appliances with integrated batteries but not single batteries can voluntarily place collection boxes in their shop.

Voluntary collection of batteries is also possible in offices, factories or workshops and contributes to a higher awareness of waste separation and thus to the protection of our environment. These do not have to be open to the public.

If you would like or need to run a battery collection point in your office, Rebekka Schwarber will be happy to support you via international@take-e-way.de or +49/40/750687-150.

For more information on our international compliance services related to the placing on the market of electronic equipment, batteries/rechargeable batteries and packaged products or packaging, please click here: https://www.take-e-way.com/services/international-compliance/

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