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.

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.

Last published 12 June 2023