Batteries Act (Batteriegesetz/BattG) Germany

The Batteries Act (BattG) is the implementation of the European Batteries Directive into national law. The Act essentially governs the marketing, take-back and environmentally compatible disposal of batteries and accumulators. Amongst other things, it prescribes binding take-back quotas for portable batteries, recycling efficiency and limit values for the use of cadmium, lead and mercury and obliges manufacturers and importers operating on the German market to sign up with a national producer register before being allowed to place batteries and accumulators on the market.

Manufacturers of portable batteries ensure compliance with their take-back and recycling obligation by setting up and operating their own take-back systems for spent portable batteries. At present, there are five approved manufacturers’ own take-back systems for spent portable batteries in Germany.

Moreover, manufacturers and importers are obliged to mark batteries and accumulators with the symbol of a of a crossed-out wheeled bin and to inform end-users about waste prevention measures, possibilities for reusing spent batteries, the possible environmental and health impacts of the substances contained in batteries, and the environment and health implications of separate collection and recycling of spent batteries.

take-e-way uses its comprehensive range of services as part of “Full Service” regarding the Batteries Act to ensure that all conditions imposed on you are met on time and in accordance with the prevailing legislation. Do you have any questions about the Batteries Act that relieves you of all obligations under the Batteries Act? If so, please give us a call: 040 750687 – 0.

New Batteries Act “BattG2” takes effect as of 1 January 2021

The main changes

The German Batteries Act, or Batteries Act 2 (BattG2 for short) - applies in Germany as of January 2021. The new version of the German implementation of the European Batteries Directive 2006/66/EG contains important changes that every dealer in electrical appliances / electronic equipment / electrical products containing batteries and/or accumulators should know. In this regard, additional innovations are relevant for manufacturers from abroad in addition to those based in Germany.

However, as our brief overview does not claim to be complete, please contact our advisory service in the event of any questions or uncertainties by calling +49-(0)40 750687 – 0 or by e-mail to beratung@take-eway.de for a free and non-binding consultation.

We also wish to recommend our webinar on the Batteries Act in general and on the new BattG2 in particular, which is also free of charge. You can register here for the webinar - but please notice that it is only available in German so far. As soon as we have an English version, we will update our infornation here.

A brief overview of the most important battery law changes 2021

Batteries Act 2 Innovations for manufacturers / distributors based in Germany

Batteries Act 2 innovations for manufacturers / distributors based abroad

Batteries Act 2 innovations for collection points and take-back systems

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