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Battery law

Note on the disposal of used batteries

The following notice is addressed to those who use batteries or products with built-in batteries and no longer resell them in the form delivered to them (end users):

1. Free Take-Back of used Batteries

Batteries must not be disposed of with household waste. You are legally obligated to return used batteries so that proper disposal can be ensured. You can return used batteries to a municipal collection point or to your local retailer. As a distributor of batteries, we are also obligated to take back used batteries, although our obligation to take back used batteries is limited to those that we carry or have carried as new batteries in our product range. Used batteries of the aforementioned type can therefore either be returned to us with sufficient postage or handed in free of charge directly to our dispatch warehouse at the address given in the imprint.

2. Meaning of the Battery Symbols

Batteries are marked with the symbol of a crossed-out trash can (see below). This symbol indicates that batteries must not be disposed of with household waste. For batteries that contain more than 0.0005 percent mercury by mass, more than 0.002 percent cadmium by mass, or more than 0.004 percent lead by mass, the chemical name of the pollutant used in each case is located below the trash can symbol – where “Cd” stands for cadmium, “Pb” stands for lead, and “Hg” stands for mercury.

3. Vehicle Batteries

When selling vehicle batteries (these are batteries intended for the starter, lighting or ignition of vehicles), the following special features apply: The seller is according to. § 10 BattG is obliged to charge end-users a deposit of 7.50 euros including VAT per vehicle battery if the end-user does not return an old vehicle battery to the seller at the time of purchase of the new vehicle battery. The customer receives a deposit voucher when purchasing a vehicle battery. The customer may return the old vehicle battery to the seller for reimbursement of the collected deposit. Due to the hazardous materials regulations, shipping the old vehicle battery to the seller is not permitted.

Alternatively, the customer may return the old vehicle battery to a collection point set up by the public waste disposal authority. If the used vehicle battery is not returned to the seller collecting the deposit, the person entitled to collect the deposit in accordance with § 11 Para. 3, BattG who takes back the waste vehicle battery is obliged, upon request, to confirm in writing or electronically to the end user that the battery has been taken back without deposit reimbursement. In this case, the Customer shall be refunded the collected deposit by the Seller, provided that the Customer provides the Seller with a written or electronic proof of return in accordance with § 10 para. 1 S. 4 BattG, which is not older than two weeks at the time of submission.

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