Lawful obligations

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Lawful obligations of producers of batteries and accumulators

According to §27, §45, §46 and §47 of the Waste Act no.79/2015 Coll.:
  • to register in the Register of Producers of Specified Products and report any changes in the registered data,
  • designate an authorized representative if the producer does not have company seat in Slovak republic,
  • ensure that batteries and accumulators are manufactured and designed in compliance with a specific regulation
  • when placing batteries and accumulators on the market, mark it with a trademark or brand name used by the producers to identify themselves, graphic symbol and chemical symbol
  • indicate the capacity of automotive batteries and portable batteries and accumulators on them in a visible, legible and indelible form, in accordance with a specific regulation
  • fulfil their information obligation in relation to the public and processors of batteries and accumulators,
  • at the request of the processor of spent batteries and accumulators, provide information about the chemical composition and material composition of batteries and accumulators for the purposes of determining the technological and technical process of treatment and recycling thereof,
  • ensure handling and recycling of batteries and accumulators and ensure that the targets set out in Annex 3 are met,
  • keep and retain records and report to the Ministry information from the records within the required scope and retain the reported data,
  • fulfil their information obligation in relation to the end users of specified products,
  • calculate their collection and market shares,
  • ensure that the whole quantity of a separately collected component of municipal waste falling within a specified waste stream is collected in the municipality in which they are responsible for this specified waste stream,
  • ensure that collection, handling and recycling is carried out using the best available techniques for the protection of human health and the environment
  • Producers of specified products shall bear all financial costs associated with the collection, transport, preparing for reuse, recovery, recycling, reuse, processing and disposal of separately collected waste falling within a specified waste stream,
  • At the time of sale of new portable batteries and accumulators, the producers of portable batteries and accumulators shall not show separately to end-users the costs of collection, treatment and recycling.
  • notify the Coordination Centre without delay about the fulfilment of the collection target set out in Annex no. 3 for the relevant calendar year

Producers of appliances

Producers of appliances shall:

  • ensure that an appliance being placed on the market is designed and manufactured in such a way that spent batteries and accumulators can be readily removed,
  • where spent batteries and accumulators cannot be readily removed by the end-user, ensure that they can be easily removed by a qualified professional who is independent of the producer,
  • attach to the appliance instructions how batteries and accumulators can be removed safely from the appliance in the cases referred to in Point a) and b) batteries and, where appropriate, information for the final consumer about the type of battery and accumulator incorporated in the appliance

Obligations of distributors of portable batteries and accumulators

According to §48 of the Waste Act no.79/2015 Coll.:

In relation to spent portable batteries and accumulators, distributors of portable batteries and accumulators shall:

  • provide for the take-back thereof at their points of sale, irrespective of their make and date of placement on the market, throughout their opening hours

  • inform end-users about the possibility of free take-back of portable batteries and accumulators on their website, if it exists, and in a place visible to and accessible by the public at the time of sale thereof

  • provide for take-back of portable batteries and accumulators and, if distributed to end-users exclusively on the basis of mail order, including electronic sale, provide for take-back at the location where the portable batteries and accumulators are handed out or the location where they are stored; if no such location or storage location exist, this shall be provided at a location agreed with the producer of portable batteries and accumulators

  • not show separately the costs of collection, treatment and recycling of spent portable batteries and accumulators at the time of sale of portable batteries and accumulators

  • ensure, in accordance with the contract with the producer or producer responsibility organization, that spent portable batteries and accumulators are handed over at the relevant collection point or to a processor of spent batteries and accumulators designated in the contract with the producer of portable batteries and accumulators or producer responsibility organization; if no such contract exists, at any such location or to any such person