The BattG-Melderegister

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More than 5,000 producers have stated their market participation in the BattG Melderegister of UBA
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Before placing batteries on the German market, producers and under certain circumstances distributors, are obliged to notify the UBA. Producers of portable batteries indicate the collection schemes that they have signed up for. Producers of automotive and industrial batteries specify which reasonable take-back options are available free of charge to distributors and treatment facilities.

The BattG-Melderegister has been in operation since 1 December 2009. Below you will find the information that has been made available to the general public since the Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz]-(BattG) took effect and the BattG-Melderegister went into operation.

25 April 2016: BattG-Melderegister with functional extensions and new layout successfully online since 17 March 2016

Since the German Batteries Act (Batteriegesetz, BattG) entered into force in 2009, obligations to be met by battery producers have included electronically transmitting specific information to the UBA. In addition to their address and brand names, battery producers must also provide information on fulfilment of their waste management responsibility.

To help them meet this obligation in the easiest and most efficient way possible, the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA) has made available the BattG-Melderegister (BattG register). Battery producers must first register as a user. Entry of their personal login data then gives them access to an electronic form, into which they can input their information and declarations. The electronic submission of these data completes the notification process. UBA confirms receipt by e-mail. Some of the information transmitted is intended for publication. Via the button “Einsicht in das Melderegister”, this information can be viewed without logging in. The use of the BattG-Melderegister is free.

A new, optimized version of the BattG register has been available since 17 March 2016. The aim was to provide the BattG register with an interface as clear and self-explanatory as possible while retaining the familiar, tried and tested notification format. The benefits for users are optimized pages including online help, a clear boost in performance, a higher level of security and, overall, a greater user-friendliness of the register. The address has not changed, the register’s home page is available here.

Further information
Over 5,500 producers currently say they are active on the market

Of the 5,500 active producers who have registered, about 82 percent are producers of portable batteries, 13 percent are producers of industrial batteries and six percent are producers of automotive batteries.
The producers of portable batteries are meeting their take-back and waste management obligations through participation either in the Joint Collection Scheme for Waste Portable Batteries (GRS Batterien) or in one of the three producer-specific collection schemes for waste portable batteries that have been set up so far (CCR REBAT, ERP Deutschland and Öcorecell).
Producers of automotive and industrial batteries, on the other hand, are obliged to offer distributors and treatment facilities reasonable options of returning batteries free of charge and to recycle them as required by Section 14 of the Batteries Act.

20 November 2013: 5,000 producers have registered – thousands of tonnes of metals recovered through recycling every year

Disposing of used batteries and accumulators separately from general waste – in the collection boxes at supermarkets or DIY stores, for example – helps the environment in a number of ways. Several thousand tonnes of valuable metals are recovered this way in Germany every year, which also ensures that the heavy metals which are in some batteries and accumulators do not end up in the environment. In Germany, producers are responsible for both take-back and recycling of used batteries and accumulators. Every producer must therefore record and announce his presence on the market in a register for battery producers and state how he will meet his disposal responsibilities. The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) manages the register. UBA's President Jochen Flasbarth remarks, "The Federal Environment Agency has managed the Battery Act register for four years, and this has ensured that battery manufacturers assume responsibility for their product as concerns waste disposal." The number of producers who have declared their market presence has now reached 5,000.

12 October 2012: Well designed processes successfully rolled out

An internal UBA process analysis (roll-out assessment) evaluated, for the first time, implementation of the Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz]-(BattG); whereby the UBA has been operating the BattG-Melderegister since December 2009. The consulting firm that concluded its expert report in early April 2012 came to the conclusion that the processes are well designed and that by and large the rollout went smoothly. The expert report recommends that the experience gained from establishing the processes be folded into UBA rollout processes.

25 April 2012: Changes in the Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz]-(BattG) to take effect on 1 June 2012

The waste management law titled Gesetz zur Neuordnung des Kreislaufwirtschafts- und Abfallrechts was published in the Bundesgesetzblatt on 29 February 2012. Article 4 of the law contains changes in the Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz]-BattG),(Bundesgesetzblatt 2012 part I no. 10, p. 247 ff.), including a change in the definition of “placing on the market” (Article 2(16) Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz] (BattG)) involving insertion of a new sentence 4. Following is the definition with this new sentence inserted: “Placing on the market” means provisioning to third parties for a consideration or free of charge, for purposes of usage, consumption or distribution. Importing for commercial gain under this law qualifies as placing on the market. This does not apply, however, to batteries that are demonstrably re-exported outside the scope of this law. Provisioning batteries that are manufactured under the relevant customer’s brand name or in accordance with the relevant customer’s specifications for distribution purposes does not qualify as placing on the market within the meaning of sentence 1. The major provisions of the law titled Gesetz zur Neuordnung des Kreislaufwirtschafts- und Abfallrechts, including the changes in the Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz]-(BattG), took effect on 1 June 2012.

2 March 2010: The UBA’s BattG-Melderegister

The Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz]-(BattG), which took effect on 1 December 2009, superceded the Batterieverordnung (battery regulation). The statutory BattG-Melderegister, which has been available via the UBA website since 1 December 2009, aims to ensure that manufacturers and importers fulfill their product-stewardship waste management obligations. Producers in terms of the Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz]-(BattG) have to notify their participation to the BattG-Melderegister. The whole notification process is conducted online and is free of charge. The Penalties of the BattG governing administrative fines took effect on 1 March 2010, since this time placing batteries on the market without prior notification in the BattG-Melderegister constitutes an administrative offence.

1 December 2009: The Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz]-(BattG)

The Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz]-(BattG) was enacted into law on 30 June 2009, superseding the Batterieverordnung (battery regulation) and transposing Directive 2006/66/EC into German law. The Act lays down product stewardship requirements for battery manufacturers and distributors. The law places additional restrictions on the use of cadmium in battery and accumulator manufacturing. Proven recycling mechanisms have by and large been retained, whereas labeling requirements were changed, reporting and notification obligations were added, and recovery objectives for waste portable batteries were set.

Goals of the new Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz]-(BattG)

The new Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz]-(BattG) is aimed at manufacturers, distributors, consumers and public sector garbage collection companies. The law aims to reduce battery waste pollutant input, increase recovery rates, and ensure that waste batteries that fall within the scope of battery manufacturer and retailer product stewardship obligations are disposed of properly, the goal being to minimize environmental pollution attributable to waste batteries.

Collection targets of the Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz]-(BattG)

According to government statistics, in 2006 some 1.5 billion portable batteries were placed on the market in Germany. The new Batteries Act [Batteriegesetz]-(BattG) lays down mandatory recovery rates for the recycling of waste portable batteries. Under the new law, the unified recycling system for waste portable batteries known as the Gemeinsame Rücknahmesystem für Geräte-Altbatterien (GRS) and manufacturer operated recycling schemes for such batteries are required to achieve a collection rate of at least 35 percent by 2012 and 45 percent by 2016. 

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Logo of the BattG-Melderegister
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