Legislative instrument details: Batteries directive (new)

Legal name Directive 2006/66/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 September 2006 on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators and repealing Directive 91/157/EEC
Short name Batteries directive (new)
CELEX reference 32006L0066
Identification number 2006/66/EC
Issued by European Parliament and Council
URL to issuer http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/ba...
Parent legislative instrument
Valid from 26/09/2006
Abstract The Directive prohibits the placing on the market of certain batteries and accumulators with a proportional mercury or cadmium content above a fixed threshold. In addition, it promotes a high rate of collection and recycling of waste batteries and accumulators and improvement in the environmental performance of all involved in the life-cycle of batteries and accumulators, including their recycling and disposal.
The aim is to cut the amount of hazardous substances - in particular, mercury, cadmium and lead - dumped in the environment; this should be done by reducing the use of these substances in batteries and accumulators and by treating and re-using the amounts that are used.
The Directive applies to all types of batteries and accumulators, apart from those used in equipment to protect Member States' security or for military purposes, or in equipment designed to be sent into space.
To ensure that a high proportion of spent batteries and accumulators are recycled, Member States must take whatever measures are needed (including economic instruments) to promote and maximise separate waste collections and prevent batteries and accumulators being thrown away as unsorted municipal waste. They have to make arrangements enabling end-users to discard spent batteries and accumulators at collection points in their vicinity and have them taken back at no charge by the producers. Collection rates of at least 25% and 45% have to be reached by 26 September 2012 and 26 September 2016 respectively.
Reporting framework
Reporting obligations
DG Env review of reporting theme Waste and Resources
Geographic scope European Union
Comments The Directive repeals and replaces Directive 91/157/EEC and related acts as from 26. September 2008
The Directive is amended by:
Directive 2008/12/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2008 amending Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators, as regards the implementing powers conferred on the Commission (CELEX No 32008L0012)
Commission Decision 2008/763/EC of 29 September 2008 establishing, pursuant to Directive 2006/66/EC , a common methodology for the calculation of annual sales of portable batteries and accumulators to end-users
Commission Decision 2009/603/EC of 5 August 2009 establishes requirements for registration of producers of batteries and accumulators
Commission Decision 2009/851/EC of 25 November 2009 establishes a questionnaire for Member States reports on the implementation of Directive 2006/66/EC