Electronic devices, rechargeable and consumer batteries do not belong with the normal household waste. The materials they contain must be collected and recycled. This alone saves valuable raw materials and protects the environment in a sustainable way. In principle, it is possible to recycle all consumer batteries. Since 2008, the EU directive 2006/66/EC has become binding in all EU Member States.
It states that batteries, regardless of their electrochemical system, must be separated from household waste and have to be recycled. The required minimum standard is a collection rate of 45% by September 2016. Used batteries and rechargeable batteries can be disposed of here at VARTA Consumer, in shops as well as at municipal collection points, such as in civic amenity sites or recycling centres.