In practice, producer responsibility means that the producers are responsible for gathering and disposing of end-of-life products.
Those placing batteries on the market must therefore be affiliated to a collection system that fulfils the rules and regulations.Producers include those who are placing batteries on the Swedish market for the first time:
  • Those manufacturing and selling batteries under their own name
  • Those selling unbranded batteries under their own trademark
  • Those importing and then selling batteries
Producers that place small quantities of batteries on the market do not have to be affiliated to a collection system. However, these batteries must be reported to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency by the producer itself. The following exceptions apply. There are exceptions in respect of producers that place:
  • Less than 1 kg of mercury batteries on the market
  • Less than 2 kg of cadmium batteries on the market
  • Less than 250 kg of lead batteries, each weighing more than 3 kg, on the market
  • Less than 100 kg of lead batteries, each weighing less than 3 kg, on the market
  • Less than 50 kg of other batteries on the market
To summarise, producer responsibility means that each producer must:
  1. Be a member of a collection system and registered with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s EEB register
  2. Mark all products in accordance with Annex I [sic II] to the Battery Directive (a crossed-out wheeled bin, see picture to right)
  3. Inform users of the battery in accordance with Section 22 of Swedish Code of Statutes – SFS 2008:834
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