Information according to the battery law
Note according to battery law
Since our shipments may contain batteries and rechargeable batteries, we are required by the Battery Act (BattG) to inform you of the following:
Batteries and rechargeable batteries may not be disposed of in household waste, but you are legally obliged to return used batteries and rechargeable batteries. Used batteries may contain harmful substances that can damage the environment or your health if not stored or disposed of properly. However, batteries also contain important raw materials such as iron, zinc, manganese or nickel and can be recycled. You can either return the batteries to us after use or return them free of charge in the immediate vicinity (e.g. in retail outlets or municipal collection points or in our dispatch warehouse). The handing over in sales points is limited thereby to quantities usual for final users as well as such waste batteries, which the distributor leads or led as new batteries in its assortment.
The sign with the crossed-out garbage can means that batteries and rechargeable batteries must not be disposed of in the
household waste. Under this sign you will also find the following symbols with the following meaning:
Pb: Battery contains lead
Cd: Battery contains cadmium
Hg: Battery contains mercury
The battery law regulates, among other things, labeling obligations (§ 17 para. 3) and traffic bans (§ 3) for batteries that exceed certain maximum limits for the metals contained. In addition to notification, information and labeling obligations of manufacturers (this also includes importers) and the obligation to establish a common take-back system (www.grsbatterien.de), if no manufacturer-owned take-back system is established, there are also obligations that the distributors of batteries have to fulfill. According to § 9 (1) BattG, every distributor is obliged to take back used batteries from the end user free of charge at or in the immediate vicinity of the point of sale.
Online retailers who sell batteries have to inform either on their website or in writing with the shipment of goods (not by e-mail),
- that batteries can be returned free of charge after use at the point of sale,
- that the end user is legally obliged to return used batteries
- what is the meaning of the symbol according to § 17 Abs.1 (the crossed-out garbage can) and the signs according to § 17 Abs. 3 (the chemical signs of the metals).
According to § 18 Abs. 2 BattG, manufacturers are obliged, in addition to these information obligations, "to inform about the possible effects of the substances contained in batteries on the environment and human health, as well as about the importance of separate collection and recycling of waste batteries for the environment and health.