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Relationship between the Batteries Directive and the WEEE & RoHS Recast Directives
This document intends to clarify the relationship between the Batteries Directive (2006/66/EC) and the RoHS Recast Directive (2011/65/EU) and WEEE Recast Directive (2012/19/EU).
The WEEE Recast Directive (2012/19/EU) states in Article 8, Section 2 that the parts and materials, which may have harmful effects on the environment, shall be removed from the collected electrical and electronic equipment (hereinafter referred to as equipment) prior to processing. In its annex Ⅶ, those materials and parts which are required selective removal and treatment are listed and batteries are on the list. Therefore batteries shall be taken out prior to processing under WEEE Directive, and then the batteries separated from WEEE shall be treated according to Batteries Directive.
In addition, the following is mentioned in the RoHS Recast Directive (2011/65/EU), recital (14). It says that, for the batteries, the Batteries Directive shall be applied without prejudice to other Directives in EU.
Exclusion of the batteries from the scope of RoHS Directive is confirmed in recital (29) of the Batteries Directive, which was published in September 26, 2006, as follows.
The selective removal of batteries from WEEE is also required by Article 12 Section 3 of the Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC.
BAJ hereon interprets the relationship between the Batteries Directive and WEEE & RoHS Recast Directives as follows.
A similar interpretation has been mentioned in Section 4 of the "Question and Answers on the Batteries Directive (2006/66/EC)" issued by the European Commission.
Definition of “Battery”:
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