Battery Directive (2006/66/EC)
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Batteries and Accumulators (Battery) Directive has been passed into law by the European Union (EC). The Directive affects manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment whose products containing batteries and accumulators containing cadmium and mercury. The Directive places strict limits on the use of these materials, requires recycling logo to appear on battery or packaging and calls for participation in collection scheme in products sold in the EC after September 26th, 2008.
All battery containing products shipped from the European distribution centers comply with the European Battery Directive chemical requirements as of September 26, 2008.
The Directive requires producers (manufacturers, distributors and sellers) to:
Register with the Battery Regulating authority within each member state
Join a recovery and recycling scheme. Timing is specific to each member state.