Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If you manufacture or import batteries with the intention of placing them on the market, you must meet certain requirements that restrict the use of cadmium and mercury and set out how batteries should be labelled.
If you place batteries on the market you must ensure that they comply with the substance restrictions for cadmium and mercury. You must not place on the market:
After 30 May 2012, if you place on the market either:
you must include a label indicating the capacity of the battery or accumulator. This must be done in a visible, legible and inedible form and comply with the requirements of the Capacity Labelling Regulation (EU) No 1103/2010.
It does not apply to batteries and accumulators that are incorporated, or are designed to be incorporated, into appliances and are not intended to be removed by the end user.
If you place batteries on the market you must label them with a crossed out wheeled bin symbol, which tells users that they should be recycled rather than thrown in a bin and sent to landfill. If the batteries are too small to be labelled, you must print the symbol on the packaging. The regulations set out specific dimensions for the marking of batteries and packaging with the symbol.
If you place batteries on the market you must label them with the appropriate chemical symbol or symbols beneath the crossed out wheeled bin symbol:
The chemical symbol is intended to show that one of the restricted materials is present in the battery, not the amount of that material. The regulations set out specific dimensions for the marking of batteries and packaging with the symbol.
If you place appliances on the market that contain batteries, or are designed to incorporate batteries, you must ensure that:
This requirement does not apply where, for safety, performance, medical or data integrity reasons, continuity of power supply is necessary and a permanent connection is required between the appliance and the battery.
Substance restrictions and battery labelling
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