Prohibited substances and labeling of batteries Regulations for content and labeling. svenska Share Contact Listen Guidance Mercury prohibition Batteries containing more than 0,0005 weight percent of mercury are, since October 13 2015, prohibited to be commercially imported or provided at the Swedish market. The ban also applies to batteries built in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). Remaining stock of button cell batteries containing mercury are allowed to be commercially brought to Sweden and place on the Swedish market after October 13, 2015. Cadmium prohibition Portable batteries containing more than 0,002 weight percent of cadmium are, since October 13 2015, prohibited to be commercially imported or provided at the Swedish market. The ban also applies to integrated batteries in electrical and electronic equipment. The prohibition does not apply to portable batteries tended to be used in: emergency lighting systems and other emergency- and alarm systems, or medical equipment. Since January 1 2017 the prohibition covers cadmium in cordless power tools. Still, remaining stock of cordless power tools are allowed to be commercially brought to Sweden and placed on the Swedish market after January 1, 2017. Environmental fee for cadmium batteries Producers of batteries containing cadmium are charged with an environmental fee of 300 SEK per kilogram. The fee is issued by the Swedish EPA based on the producer´s annual report to the battery register. Labeling batteries All batteries shall be labeled with a crossed-over wheeled bin. This is to prevent that consumed batteries are recycled among other waste. The symbol shall be visible, legible and indestructible. Further: The symbol shall cover at least 3 percent of the battery´s largest surface, up to a size of 5x5 cm. On cylindrical batteries, the symbol shall cover at least 1,5 % of the battery surface. The symbol shall not be bigger than 5x5 cm. If the size of the battery is so small that 3 % of the battery surface is smaller than 0,5x0,5 cm, the symbol shall be placed on the package of the battery. The size of the symbol shall be 1x1 cm. Batteries containing:More than 0,0005 weight percent mercury shall be marked with Hg.More than 0,002 weight percent cadmium shall be marked with Cd.More than 0,004 weight percent lead shall be marked with Pb. The chemical indication shall be placed below the symbol of a crossed-over wheeled bin and at least be a quarter as big in size. This is to inform those who handle waste batteries. Capacity marking for portable rechargeable batteries and car batteries After May 30 2012 all portable, rechargeable batteries and car batteries released on the market for the first time shall be marked showing the battery capacity. This was stated in the Ordinance of the Commission (EU) nr 1103/2010, published November 30 2010 in the official journal of the European Union. The new regulations states that the capacity of all rechargeable batteries shall be marked, expressed in milliampere hours (mAh) or ampere hours (Ah). Additionally, car batteries shall be marked with cold start ampere (A). The Ordinance does not apply for portable secondary (rechargeable) batteries and accumulators that are either integrated in or constructed to be integrated in other equipment before being delivered to the end user, or not intended to be removed according to article 11 in the Directive 2006/66/EG. 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 2018:11) 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.