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Program to make the portable secondary battery recycle mark an international standard

The Battery Association of Japan (BAJ) is promoting the international standardization of the Mebius loop mark (three-arrow mark)

Currently, the three marks shown below are legally used as the recycle mark on portable secondary batteries and battery packs.

Japan, USA Mebius loop mark (three-arrow mark) (only Ni-Cd and lead-acid batteries in the USA)
Moebius strip mark (three-arrow mark) Ni-Cd Moebius strip mark (three-arrow mark)Pb
Europe, Brazil Crossed-out wheeled bin mark (EU: all batteries, Brazil: only on batteries that contain hazardous substances)
Crossed-out dustbin mark
Taiwan Four-arrow mark (all batteries)
Four-arrow mark (all batteries)

The marks displayed on batteries have not been standardized internationally, and so the number of different marks is expected to grow as each country makes laws requiring the use of their own marks.
This will result in the following problems for portable secondary batteries and battery pack products because of global and regional requirements.

(1) Manufacturers of batteries and manufacturers of devices that use batteries

[1] Limited display space

  • When trying to meet all standards globally, displaying all marks on a product will be extremely difficult from a space and design perspective.

[2] Increased manufacturing, management, and inventory costs

  • Production of different labels, separate production runs for each destination, and separate inventory will increase as the number of types increases, thus increasing costs.

(2) Battery users

  • There will be confusion if multiple marks are displayed.
  • Recognition of the recycle mark will be low, and will impede efforts to raise the collection rate.

The BAJ believes that these problems can be resolved by creating an international standard mark.
The BAJ is promoting the Mebius loop mark (three-arrow mark), which has been standardized as ISO7000 graphic symbol 1135 and has already been adopted in Japan and the USA, combined with a battery chemistry symbol to differentiate batteries as an international standard.

Ni-Cd Ni-MH Li-ion Pb

Through standardized use, the recycle mark will be recognized by more battery users in countries around the world, which can be expected to contribute to the global spread of recycling portable secondary batteries.
In addition, battery and device makers can look forward to many benefits, such as lower costs and less managerial overhead due to the standardization of design, production, and inventory.