The battery directive

The European Parliament and the European Council approved on September 6th 2006 the new directive 2006/66 on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators.

The Directive lays down:

  • restrictions on the use of mercury in all batteries, and a restriction on the use of cadmium in portable batteries with certain exemptions
  • collection requirements for all batteries and collection targets for portable batteries
  • the requirement that all batteries and accumulators collected must be properly treated and recycled
  • a ban on landfilling or incinerating automotive and industrial batteries
  • the requirement that battery recycling processes must meet minimum levels of efficiency.

The full text of the directive can be found at the download section (link).