Note on battery disposal

Note on battery disposal

The symbol of the crossed-out garbage can on batteries or accumulators means that they must not be disposed of with household waste at the end of their service life. If batteries or accumulators contain mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd) or lead (Pb), you will find the respective chemical symbol below the symbol of the crossed-out garbage can. You are legally obliged to return old batteries and accumulators after use. You can do this free of charge in the retail shop or at another collection point near you. You can obtain addresses of suitable collection points from your city or local authority.

Batteries can contain substances that are harmful to the environment and human health. Special care is required due to the special risks involved in handling lithium-containing batteries. The separate collection and recycling of old batteries and accumulators is intended to avoid negative effects on the environment and human health.

Please avoid the generation of waste from old batteries as much as possible, e.g. by giving preference to batteries with a longer lifespan or rechargeable batteries. Please avoid littering public spaces by not carelessly leaving batteries or battery-containing electrical and electronic devices lying around. Please check options for recycling a battery instead of disposing of it, for example by reconditioning or repairing the battery.

Further information on the Battery Act can also be found on the Internet at