The Batteries Directive embodies rules prohibiting the release of batteries and accumulators on the market if these contain concentrations of the heavy metals mercury and cadmium that are over a certain limit.
Directive 2006/66/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators repealing Directive 91/157/EEC External link.
(Last consolidated 4 July 2018)
The Battery Directive is implemented in Swedish legislation by the Prohibition in Certain Cases in Connection with the Handling, Import and Export of Chemical Products Ordinance (1998:944). External link.
The directive also comprises rules on collection, recovery and disposal of used batteries and accumulators.
Find out more on the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency website. External link.