Information Requirements

Eucobat Positions
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Information to end-users

Consumers and other end-users play an important role in the collection schemes for batteries. It is therefore of the utmost importance that they are fully informed on the desirability of separate collection and the available collection schemes.

Moreover, the labelling system should provide end-users with transparent, reliable and clear information on any heavy metals they contain.

However, given the small size of the batteries and in order to avoid an information overload, the information to the consumers and other end-users should be limited to the issues where he can have a real environmental impact.

Information to National Producers

Most national importers of appliances with integrated batteries, which are considered as battery producers, don’t dispose of the required technical information to report to the Member State or a collection scheme.

These national producers cannot be expected to open all types of imported appliances in order to verify the type of batteries or accumulators, as this would mean a serious burden for them.

Therefore, it is required that the instructions accompanying the appliances on how to safely remove the batteries and accumulators, also contains information on the types of battery or accumulator incorporated into the appliance (at least the chemical composition (e.g. LiMnO2, LiFeS2, ZnC, AlMnO2,…) and the weight). By using an existing document, additional administrative burden for the manufacturers of the appliances is prevented.

Information to Waste Operators

In order to ensure an appropriate recycling of all collected batteries, an effective sorting of these batteries prior to the recycling process is required.

However, such sorting is today not feasible for a large amount of (mostly industrial) battery packs and/or individual cells from such battery packs, as the chemical composition of these battery packs and/or individual cells is not indicated.

Therefore, it is required that all battery packs and individual cells for battery packs are labelled with at least the chemical classification, in function of the recycling processes.

This labelling should be the subject of standardization.