What is the Battery Directive?

Our shipments may contain rechargeable or non-rechargeable batteries. As a result, we are required under the Battery Directive to inform you that rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries may not be thrown away with household trash; instead, used rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries must, by law, be returned to the seller or properly recycled.

Used batteries may contain harmful substances which can damage your health or the environment if the batteries are not stored or disposed of correctly. Nevertheless, these batteries also contain important raw materials such as iron, zinc, manganese, and nickel and can be recycled.

You can return the used batteries to us by mail or drop them off free of charge at a retail store or some other collection point in your local area.

At points of sale, drop-offs are limited to the usual number of batteries (including the above-mentioned used batteries) that the store offers or has offered as new batteries in its product range.

Battery Directive

The symbol with a crossed-out garbage can means that rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries may not be thrown away with household trash. Under this symbol, you may also find the following letters which indicate the presence of certain elements:

  • Cd: Battery contains cadmium
  • Hg: Battery contains mercury
  • Pb: Battery contains lead

 

Batteriegesetz