Vol. 147 - EU – Amendment of Battery Directive 2006-66-EC (Effective 1 Oct 2015)

The European Commission (EC) has published an amendment to the EU Battery Directive 2006/66/EC (Amendment 2013/56/EU), which prohibits the use of mercury containing button batteries in EU, so as to encourage the marketing of batteries that contain less polluting substances.

Effective from 1 October 2015, the limit of mercury (Hg) in button cell batteries will be reduced from the original 2% to 0.0005%, The EC will review the availability of button cell batteries that can comply with the lowered mercury limit and decide whether the exemption should be extended.

The restriction of cadmium in portable batteries and accumulators expands on cordless power tools that so far have benefited from an exemption. Such batteries are not allowed to contain more than 0.002% of cadmium by weight from 1 January 2017 since suitable cadmium-free alternatives are available on the market.

Below is the table of comparison between the current and the amended batteries directive:

 

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