Compliance Organizations

The national compliance organizations for batteries assume the financial and/or operational responsibility of manufacturers for the management of waste batteries and accumulators in an open and collective manner.

As the national legislations in the different member states are similar but not equal, there are differences in the national structure, as well in the financing structure as in the operational structure.

The producers in the member states, who are the responsible actors according to the battery directive, finance them. The producers can be the manufacturers, if they are established in the member state, or the economic actors that put the batteries on the market.

The waste batteries, primary (non-rechargeable) and rechargeable batteries, are collected through a comprehensive network of collection points, depending on the national legal situation, like retailers, schools, municipalities, offices, industry,…

Once grouped, the waste batteries are sorted in function of the chemistry and their dedicated recycling process: alkaline manganese, zinc carbon, lithium manganese dioxide, button cells, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lead acid, lithium ion, lithium polymer,…

The sorted batteries are then transported to the recycling facilities, that have to respond to the recycling efficiency targets of the European battery directive.