Information on the disposal of used batteries
The following information is intended for those who use batteries or products with built-in batteries and no longer resell them in the form in which they were delivered to them (end users):
1. free take-back of used batteries.
Batteries must not be disposed of with household waste. You are legally obliged to return used batteries so that proper disposal can be ensured. You can return used batteries to a municipal collection point or to your local retailer. As a distributor of batteries, we are also obliged to take back used batteries, although our take-back obligation is limited to used batteries of the type that we carry or have carried in our range as new batteries. You can therefore either return used batteries of the aforementioned type to us with sufficient postage (wet batteries are classified as hazardous goods) or hand them in free of charge at the following address:
Zornedinger Str. 19
2 Meaning of the battery symbols
Batteries are marked with the symbol of a crossed-out dustbin. This symbol indicates that batteries must not be disposed of in household waste. For batteries containing more than 0.0005% mercury by mass, more than 0.002% cadmium by mass or more than 0.004% lead by mass, the chemical name of the respective pollutant is shown below the dustbin symbol - "Cd" stands for cadmium, "Pb" for lead and "Hg" for mercury."
Important note on: Lithium batteries and rechargeable battery packs
Lithium batteries and rechargeable battery packs may only be returned to us in a discharged state or placed in the used battery collection containers at retailers and public waste disposal authorities. If the batteries are not fully discharged, precautions must be taken against short circuits.
Definition: "Lithium batteries" are lithium primary batteries that can be discharged once; "accumulator packs" also include accumulators of the lead, nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride and lithium systems.
The condition "complete discharge" is given when the usual end of use (for example, switching off the unit when the final discharge voltage is reached or incipient functional impairments due to insufficient battery capacity) is reached. To prevent a short circuit, the terminals must be insulated with adhesive tape.
Battery deposit information
According to §10 BattG, distributors who sell starter batteries to end consumers are obliged to charge a deposit of 7.50 Euros including VAT if the end consumer does not return a used starter battery at the time of purchase of the new battery.
Please be sure to note that used starter batteries are hazardous goods and may only be shipped with logistics companies that accept this.
We will not accept shipments that are not properly sent by you as hazardous goods.
You can hand in your used battery free of charge at many recycling centres.
Electrical - Law on the marketing, return and environmentally sound disposal of electrical and electronic equipment
According to European regulations [DIRECTIVE 2002/96/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 January 2003 on waste electrical and electronic equipment], used electrical and electronic equipment may no longer be disposed of as unsorted municipal waste.
They must be collected separately. The symbol of the wheeled bin indicates the need for separate collection. - You too can help to protect the environment and ensure that when you no longer want to use this appliance, you put it into the separate collection systems provided for this purpose.
Improper disposal of waste electrical equipment endangers people and the environment! Electrical appliances consist of many different substances; among them are valuable raw materials such as copper or aluminium, but at the same time also substances that are hazardous to the environment and health such as cadmium, lead, mercury and polybrominated flame retardants. The Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act severely restricts the use of these substances in new appliances. In some components, however, their use cannot be dispensed with today, so that old appliances often still contain considerable amounts of harmful substances.
In Germany, you are legally obliged [Act on the Sale, Return and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act - ElektroG) of 16 March 2005] to dispose of an old appliance separately from unsorted municipal waste.
For this purpose, the public waste management authorities (municipalities) have set up collection points where old appliances from private households in their area can be collected free of charge. It is possible that the legal waste management authorities will also collect the old appliances from private households. - Please consult your local waste calendar or your city or municipal administration for information on the options available in your area for the return or collection of old appliances.