Not all batteries have been classified as hazardous or environmentally hazardous waste. As it is impossible
for households and receiving outlets to identify all battery types, it is an environmentally better solution
to collect all batteries for appropriate processing and
not to discard anything to landfills.
Appropriate collection and processing also reduce the burden on the environment and enable reuse of raw-materials thus also reducing the environmental burden.
Please note: Do not discard batteries and accumulators with mixed waste starting from 26 September 2008
Batteries and accumulators particularly hazardous to the environment (discarded and incorrectly recycled):
- lead-acid batteries (e.g. automotive batteries)
- nickel-cadmium batteries
- batteries containing mercury
- battery solutions collected separately
Unsorted batteries constitute hazardous waste if they contain even just one of the above mentioned battery types.
Batteries less hazardous to the environment include:
- alkaline batteries, manganese batteries
- nickel-metal hybrid batteries
- lithium-ion batteries
- lithium polymer batteries
Lead and other heavy metals are particularly hazardous as they are absorbed in the soil and move onwards from there.