The Batteries Directive, 2006/66/EC, published in September 2006 seeks to improve the environmental performance of batteries and accumulators and of the activities of all economic operators involved in the life cycle of batteries and accumulators e.g. producers, distributors and end-users and, in particular, those operators directly involved in the treatment and recycling of waste batteries and accumulators. In order to prevent waste batteries and accumulators from being discarded in such a way as to pollute the environment, and to avoid end-user confusion about the different waste management requirements for different batteries and accumulators, this Directive applies to all types of batteries and accumulators, regardless of their shape, volume, weight, material composition or use placed on the EU market

Batteries placed on the EU market and Battery Manufacturers / Producers have to comply with national legislation transposing Directive 2006/66/EC from 26 September 2008. Member States have at this time either implemented their National legislation or are in the process of doing so. Dell complies with the requirements of the Batteries Directive as implemented in each Member State and other EMEA countries which have implemented similar legislation.

Batteries and accumulators can be collected individually, by way of national battery collection schemes or together with waste electrical and electronic equipment, by way of national collection schemes set up on the basis of the WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC. In the latter case, as an obligatory minimum treatment requirement, batteries and accumulators should be removed from the collected waste electrical and electronic equipment. After their removal from the waste electrical and electronic equipment, batteries and accumulators are subject to the requirements of this Directive, notably they count for achieving the collection target and are subject to recycling requirements.

The Directive prohibits the placing on the market of certain batteries and accumulators containing mercury or cadmium. The disposal of industrial and automotive batteries and accumulators in landfill sites or by incineration is also prohibited. In line with Article 2(3) of the WEEE Directive, batteries and accumulators which are used in equipment connected with the protection of the essential security interests of the Member States and equipment designed to be sent into space are excluded from the scope.

Producers are obliged to finance the costs of collecting, treating and recycling all collected batteries and accumulators. The provision of information to end-users on the desirability of separate collection, the collection schemes available and end-users' role in the management of waste batteries and accumulators is necessary for successful collection. Detailed arrangements have been drawn up for a labelling system, which should provide end-users with transparent, reliable and clear information on batteries and accumulators and any heavy metals they contain.

The Directive covers batteries used by both Consumers and Businesses and sets collection targets of 25% to be reached by 2012 and 45% to be reached by 2016;

In the European Union, this label indicates that batteries should be collected separately and not be disposed of with household waste. The Substances in batteries can have a potential negative impact on health and environment and end users have a role in recycling waste batteries thus contributing to the protection, preservation and improvement of the quality of the environment.

End users should contact their local authority, battery compliance scheme or retailer for details of the collection and recycling schemes available in their region to facilitate treatment and recycling.


End users are not obliged to make any purchase of new batteries in order to avail of the free take back. Waste batteries can be returned over the counter without any purchase in retail outlet stores. However, batteries of a similar type as those sold at the premises can only be returned, i.e. waste portable batteries can be delivered to shops that sell portable batteries, while waste car batteries can only be returned to outlets such as garages, motor factors, etc.

  1. Dell has taken the following steps to comply with the national legislation transposing the Battery Directive:
  2. Dell restricts the use of :
    1. all batteries or accumulators, whether or not incorporated into appliances, that contain more than 0,0005% of mercury by weight; and
    2. portable batteries or accumulators, including those incorporated into appliances, that contain more than 0,002% of cadmium by weight.
  3. Dell, through membership of appropriate collection schemes in Member States, enables take back of waste portable batteries or accumulators
  4. Dell labels all applicable batteries with the crossed our wheelie bin
  5. Dell provides information to users on disposal of waste batteries and how to safely remove a battery and/or accumulator from EEE on the web or service manual as appropriate.

To find more information relating to the disposal of Batteries for your country of residence, please review Dell’s battery take back information.