In 2009, the Battery Act (BattG) was passed in Germany. This law is about the recycling of batteries, with which the companies designated as manufacturers batteries and accumulators
are obliged to dispose of. According to the German Battery Act, manufacturers are all those who place batteries and accumulators on the market in Germany. It does not matter whether these are sold in packaged form or are built into a device. It concerns all kinds of batteries: Primary and secondary cells
, battery sets, battery packs, portable batteries, automotive batteries and industrial batteries. Under the current draft law, manufacturers and distributors must register with the Federal Environment Agency.
Only registered manufacturers are allowed to put batteries and accumulators into circulation according to the draft. The German Battery Act is an implementation of the EU Directive 2006/66/EC, which also sets limits for hazardous substances such as mercury (Hg) and cadmium (Cd).