Battery Act (BattG)

The Battery Act (BattG) is the implementation of the Battery Directive into German law. It governs marketing, the take-back and environmentally compatible disposal of batteries and accumulators. Among other things, the Battery Act prescribes binding collection targets and differentiated recycling efficiencies for spent portable batteries containing cadmium, lead and mercury and obliges manufacturers and importers operating on the German market to register as manufacturers with the central register of residents so that they can continue to be allowed to place batteries and accumulators on the market.
Manufacturers and importers of portable batteries meet their take-back and recycling obligations by participating in a nationwide take-back system for spent portable batteries.

Moreover, manufacturers and importers are obliged to mark back batteries and accumulators with the symbol of a crossed-out waste bin and to indicate to the Federal Environment Agency how many batteries or accumulators they sold in the preceding month.

Manufacturers of automotive and industrial batteries ensure that they fulfil their obligations under the Battery Act by offering distributors a reasonable and free possibility of returning the batteries and recycling them in accordance with applicable laws. For vehicle batteries sold to end users, distributors must charge a deposit of € 7.50 including VAT if the end user does not return an old vehicle battery at the time of purchasing a new one.

Via our affiliate take-e-way GmbH, trade-e-bility GmbH offers you a complete solution with regard to the Battery Act (BattG): Advice, registration, solutions for taking back batteries and accumulators or the complete registration as a battery collection point. The company take-e-way allows you to easily report your sales quantities online – for Germany and all other EU member states, because take-e-way offers the handling of the Battery Directive throughout the EU.

If you have any questions, the consultants of our affiliate take-e-way will be delighted to assist you. Please phone +49-(0)40/750687-0 or send an email message to beratung@take-e-way.de.

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