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Battery removal

In recital 18, the Directive states that batteries and accumulators that shall be collected together with waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), shall need to be removed from the collected waste. After their removal, such batteries and accumulators are to be subject to the requirements of the Battery Directive, notably counting for achieving the collection target. Such batteries and accumulators shall also be subject to recycling requirements.

Article 11 also addresses the removal of waste batteries and accumulators, requiring that:

(a) Member States ensure that manufacturers design appliances in such a way that waste batteries and accumulators can be readily removed, i.e. by the end-user; or where this is not possible

(b) Member States shall ensure that manufacturers design appliances in such a way that waste batteries and accumulators can be readily removed by qualified professionals that are independent of the manufacturer, i.e. by operators of recycling or of facilities preparing waste for recycling and reuse.

Article 11 further requires that instructions be included with appliances with an incorporated battery/accumulator, clarifying how safe removal can be carried out by the end-user or by an independent and qualified professional. Such instruction should also inform end-users of the types of battery or accumulator incorporated, where this is appropriate, for example where this information s necessary for ensuring safe removal.

Excluded from these requirements are cases where continuity of power supply is necessary and a permanent connection between the appliance and the battery or accumulator is required for safety, performance, medical or data integrity reasons. These terms are not clearly defined (for example with specific performance indicators).