Battery Act (BattG)

Battery Act (BattG) -Information

The symbol of the crossed-out dustbin on batteries or accumulators indicates that they must not be disposed of with household waste at the end of their service life. If batteries or accumulators contain mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd) or lead (Pb), you will find the respective chemical symbol below the symbol of the crossed-out trash can. You are legally obliged to return old batteries and accumulators after use. You can do this free of charge in a retail store or at another collection point near you. Addresses of suitable collection points can be obtained from your city or local government.

Batteries may contain substances that are harmful to the environment and human health. Special care should be taken when handling batteries containing lithium due to the particular risks involved. Separate collection and recycling of old batteries and accumulators is intended to avoid negative impacts on the environment and human health.

Please avoid the generation of waste from old batteries as much as possible, e.g. by preferring batteries with a longer life or rechargeable batteries. Please avoid littering public spaces by not carelessly leaving batteries or electrical and electronic equipment containing batteries. Please consider ways to reuse a battery instead of disposing of it, for example by reconditioning or repairing the battery.

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