Battery Act

Battery Act
Legal Notice
The Battery Ordinance (BattG) replaced the battery ordinance on 1 December 2009. However, the information for the online retailer remains almost unchanged. Anyone who sells batteries, accumulators or battery-operated devices (for example, watches) to consumers, must point this out to the legal return obligation. Batteries do not belong to the normal domestic waste, but must be disposed of separately. Disposal is the responsibility of the dealer.
In online trading, the customer must be informed that he can return the emptied batteries to the seller's dispatch warehouse. The return must be free of charge for the customer. Under the terms of the law, however, the dealer is not obliged to reimburse any costs incurred by the customer for the return shipment. This question may need clarification.
Anyone who does not comply with his obligation to pay a fine can be charged with a fine of up to 10,000 euros. There is still no legal clarity as to whether this infringement can also be imputed by a competitor.
As a dealer, you must not throw the returned batteries into the household waste. Information on proper disposal can be found at the "Foundation Joint Return System Batteries" (
Special case:
Vehicle batteries which are not installed in vehicles § 10 BattG provides a deposit obligation of 7.50 Euro incl. Value-added tax, if the consumer does not return a vehicle waste battery at the time of the purchase of a new vehicle battery. The deposit is to be refunded upon return of a vehicle waste battery. You can issue a Pfandmark during the pledge and make the pledge depend on the return of the pledge. The consumer must be clearly informed of the pledge. The deposit amount should therefore be displayed similar to the shipping costs for the price.
Our obligation according to the battery law
Old batteries do not belong in household waste. You can return used batteries free of charge at our shipping depot. As a consumer, they are legally obliged to return old batteries.   Batteries containing pollutants are marked with a symbol consisting of a crossed-out refuse bin and the chemical symbol (Cd, Hg or Pb) of the heavy metal which is responsible for the classification as pollutant:
1. "Cd" means cadmium.
2. "Hg" means mercury.
3. "Pb" means lead.