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Batteries and Accumulators Law

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Regulation of the Minister for the Environment

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Batteries and accumulators


Batteries and accumulators, as well as spent batteries and accumulators, contain dangerous substances such as lead, cadmium or mercury. Waste batteries and accumulators must not be thrown into normal waste containers since in such circumstances dangerous chemical compounds are released which may then seep into the soil, water and air.

This threat may be gradually reduced only through appropriate disposal of waste batteries and accumulators. The problem is regulated by Batteries and Accumulators Law adopted on 24th April 2004 (Journal of Laws of 2009, No 70, item 666 as amended).  

Responsibilities of the supplier

An Entrepreneur is considered as a Supplier when it meets the following requirements:

  • engages in an economic activity in the field of trading in batteries or accumulators (also batteries and accumulators installed inside equipment and vehicles) for the first time on the territory of the country;
  • engages in an economic activity in the field of import or intra-Community purchase of batteries and accumulators to cover the needs of its own economic activity;
  • ordered manufacture of batteries or accumulators and its marking was placed on the batteries or accumulators

Prior to commencement of economic activity involving releasing batteries and accumulators on the market the Entrepreneur is obliged to:


  1. Obtain an entry in the registry kept by the Main Inspectorate for Environment Protection  (Główny Inspektorat Ochrony Środowiska ) and as a consequence obtain a registration number. The supplier is obliged to place its Registration Number on the documents concerning trade in batteries and accumulators;
  2. Enter into agreements with waste plants which process the waste batteries and accumulators;
  3. Organize and finance collection, processing, recycling and disposal of waste batteries and accumulators ;
  4. Finance public educational campaigns;
  5. Submit to the Regional Marshal, until 15th March of the year following a given reference year, an annual statement including the information specified below:
    • type and mass of batteries and accumulators released on the market;
    • achieved level of collection along with a list of places of collection and place of receipt of the waste batteries and accumulators;
    • product fee due for the failure to meet the required level of collection;
    • amount of funds dedicated for public educational campaigns and information on the manner in which they were spent;
    • waste plants processing waste batteries and accumulators with which the supplier entered into an agreement.
  6. Place:
    • a symbol of separate collection on batteries and accumulators
    • a mark on batteries and accumulators with:
         - a chemical symbol Cd, if they contain <0,002% of cadmim by weight;
         - a chemical symbol Pb, if they contain <0,004% of lead by weight;
    • a mark on button cell batteries with a chemical symbol Hg, if they contain<0,0005%of mercury by weight;
    • information on capacity on portable batteries and accumulators and on car batteries and accumulators;
    • information in Polish on the type of batteries and accumulators installed inside the equipment and on the manner in which they can be removed from the equipment in a safe way.