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As a prerequisite for selling electric appliances in EU member states, the WEEE Directive obliges manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) to take back and recycle all types of end of life products. Similar requirements are defined by the European Battery Directive.

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European Union

Directive on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators 2006/66EC [English] Download >>
Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) 2012/19EU [English] Download >>

The EU directives are differently transposed into national law in each and every member state so that following regulations apply in the various countries:

Austria

Battery Regulation [German] Download >>
WEEE Regulation [German] Download >>
Waste Management Act [German] Download >>

Belgium

Royal decree on the placing on the market of batteries and accumulators 2009-1255 [French/Flemish] Download >>
Royal decree on the prevention of dangerous substances on WEEE 2004-4180 [French/Flemish] Download >>
Ordinance of the Government Brussels-Capital Region on Waste 2002-3363 [French/Flemish] Download >>

Czech Republic

Decree on batteries and accumulators 170/2010 [Czech] Download >>
Decree on WEEE 352/2005 [Czech] Download >>
Law on waste 184/2014 [Czech] Download >>

Denmark

Statutory Order on batteries and accumulators 1186/2009 [English] Download >>
Statutory Order on WEEE 130/2014 [English] Download >>
Consolidated environmental protection act 698/1998 [English] Download >>

Finland

Government Decree on batteries and accumulators 520/2014 [Finnish] Download >>
Government Decree on WEEE 519/2014 [Finnish] Download >>
Waste act 646/2011 [Finnish] Download >>

France

Environmental Code – Section 7 Batteries and accumulators Article R543-124 to 134 [French] Download >>
Environmental Code – Section 2 Design, production and distribution of WEEE Article L541-10-2 [French] Download >>
Environmental Code – Sub section 2 Provisions related to WEEE Article R543-172 to 206-4 [French] Download >>
Decree on the registration and reporting for batteries and accumulators [French] Download >>

Germany

Act Governing the sale and disposal of batteries and accumulators [German] Download >>
Act Governing the sale and disposal of WEEE [German] Download >>

Ireland

Statutory instruments Batteries and accumulators 283/2014 [English] Download >>
Statutory instruments WEEE 149/2014 [English] Download >>

Italy

Legislative Decree on batteries and accumulators 188/08 [Italian] Download >>
Legislative Decree on WEEE 49/14 [Italian] Download >>
Decree on the establishment and operation of the national register for the management of WEEE 185/07 [Italian] Download >>

Netherlands

Regulation on batteries and accumulators 2008088170/2008 [Dutch] Download >>
Regulation on WEEE 14758/2014 [Dutch] Download >>

Norway

Regulations relating to the recycling of waste – Chapter 3 Batteries 989/2012 [Norwegian] Download >>
Regulations relating to the recycling of waste – Chapter 1 WEEE 754/2006 [Norwegian] Download >>

Poland

Law on Batteries and accumulators 2009/79 [Polish] Download >>
Law on WEEE 2015/1688 [Polish] Download >>
Law on WEEE 2005/79 [Polish] Download >>

Slovakia

Law on Waste 79/2015 [Slovakian] Download >>

Spain

Royal decree on batteries and accumulators 106/2008 [Spanish] Download >>
Royal decree on WEEE 110/2015 [Spanish] Download >>

Sweden

Regulation on producer responsibility for batteries (2008: 834) [Swedish] Download >>
Regulation on producer responsibility for WEEE (2014: 1075) [Swedish] Download >>

Switzerland

Ordinance on Risk Reduction related to chemicals Batteries 814.81 [French/German] Download German >>
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Ordinance on the return, recovery and disposal of WEEE 814.620 [French/German] Download German >>
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United Kingdom

Statutory Instruments The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009/890 [English] Download >>
Statutory Instruments The WEEE Regulations 2013/3113 [English] Download >>