Which products are covered?

A distinction is made between three types of batteries and chemical substance groups:

Industrial batteries:                         

Lead acid
Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) 

Any battery or accumulator designed for exclusively industrial or professional uses or used as propulsion in any type of electric vehicle.

Examples: Emergency or backup power supply at hospitals. Propulsion battery for electric vehicle, e-bikes, electric wheelchair.

Automotive batteries:                                        

Lead acid
Nickel Cadmium (NiCd)      

Any battery or accumulator used for automotive starter, lighting or ignition power and batteries/accumulators similar to starter batteries in form and size.

Examples: Ignition battery for vehicles. Batteries suitable for providing current for ordinary use in i.e. caravans.

Portable batteries:

Mercury (Zinc, Mercury oxide, Silver oxide)
Lead acid
Nickel Cadmium (NiCd)

Any battery that is sealed, can easily be held in a hand,  has a weight that does not exceed 3 kg*, and is neither an industrial battery or accumulator nor an automotive battery or accumulator.  

Examples: All so-called consumer batteries (AA and AAA batteries, batteries in mobile phones and all other consumer equipment).                          

*)The weight limit is an indicator applicable in combination with the other criterias.


Last edited: 16/01/2014

Further information:

Decision Tree to find out which battery type

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Registration of batteries

Categorization of batteries

Know your type of battery

It is important to clarify which type of batteries you produce or import since registration to be made under the producer responsibility scheme is based on this division.

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