Collection of waste batteries Producers shall take financial and organisational responsibility for take back and treatment of waste batteries. Below is a description of these provisions. svenska Share Contact Listen Guidance Collective systems As a producer you are responsible to handle all batteries you sell as soon as they are considered waste. Collective collection systems for waste batteries do not, unlike those for waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), need a permit to be established, but there are still certain requirements that they need to meet to be considered adequate. Individual collective systems A producer may, provided that certain requirements are fulfilled, establish an individual collective system for waste batteries instead of joining a collective system. If you wish to individually collect waste batteries that you have producer responsibility for, take contact with the Swedish EPA to evaluate if you meet the set requirements according to the Ordinance (2008:834) on producer responsibility for batteries. Collective systems for portable batteries Established collective collection systems for portable waste batteries are: El-Kretsen AB Recipo (earlier Elektronikåtervinning i Sverige) El-Kretsen AB also collects larger lithium ion batteries. Collective systems for lead batteries A collective system for lead batteries is: BlyBatteriRetur Collective systems for built in batteries No separate battery collection system is needed if batteries are built into products that are covered by the following producer responsibilities: Ordinance (2014:1075) on producer responsibility for electrical and electronic equipment, Ordinance (2007:185) on producer responsibility for vehicles, or Ordinance (2007:193) on producer responsibility for certain radioactive products and derelict radiation sources. Thus, if you are a part of any of these collective waste collection systems for a product containing a built in battery, you are not required to take part in a separate system for the batteries. Requirements for collective systems All collective systems shall: be easily accessible give good service for households, municipalities and others who want to return their waste batteries facilitate for households and others to handle batteries separate from other waste be accessible for all registered battery producers (i.e. not discriminating) be designed in a way that secures the environmental safety and health for individuals handling the batteries in the system be sufficiently allocated in relation to the battery's expected use, population density and other circumstances. All producers have an obligation to make sure that the collective system meets the requirements of the Ordinance (2008:834) on producer responsibility for batteries, regardless of whether the collection system is individual or collective. Small producers The responsibility to take care of waste batteries does apply for producers that in one calendar year places on the market less than 1 kg of mercury batteries, less than 2 kg of cadmium batteries, less than 250 kg of lead batteries that individually weighs more than 3 kg, less than 100 kg of lead batteries that individually weighs less than 3 kg or less than 50 kg other batteries. Small producers are still required to register to the Swedish EPA and annually report information. Legislation Batteries Ordinance (2008:834) on producer responsibility for batteries (In Swedish only) Batteridirektivet: The Directive on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators (2006/66/EG) The Comission Regulation No 1103/2010 establishing rules as regards capacity labelling of portable secondatyr and automotive batteries and accumulators Other relevant legislation for the producer responsibility (In Swedish only) Ordinance (2011:927) on waste Regulation (NFS 2005:10) by the Swedish EPA on pretreatment of WEEE Ordinance (2000:208) on producer responsibility for filament bulbs and certain lighting equipment Hazardous substances Ordinance (2012:861) on hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (In Swedish only) The RoHS directive direktivet of the European Parliament and of the Council 2011/65/EU Legal enforcement (In Swedish only) Ordinance (2012:259) on environmental sanction charges Law (1985:206) on fines Ordinance (2011:13) on environmental enforcement Ordinance (1998:940) on fees for permit matters and enforcement according to the Environmental Law Background The Environmental Protection Agency has been assigned as the enforcement authority through Section 24 in the Ordinance (2011:13) on environmental enforcement and is responsible for reviewing that the nationwide regulations on producer responsibility are fulfilled.