EU BATTERY DIRECTIVE (2006/66/EC)
Since September 26, 2008, the EU-battery directive is mandatory in all EU member states. All portable batteries regardless of electrochemical system have to be separately collected and recycled. The EU-battery directive requires the collection rate of spent batteries to reach 25% by September 26, 2012 and 45% by September 26, 2016. EU-member states are free to require higher collection rates within their territory (Gemany 35% by September 26, 2012). It is possible to recycle batteries of almost every electrochemical system. Therefore the EU-battery directive has set a recycling efficiency target of 50% for the commonly used consumer battery chemistries.