Waste portable batteries and accumulators can be delivered free of charge to the municipal collection points or to a retail outlet selling batteries and accumulators. Large-scale retail channels selling batteries and accumulators must:
- make available to the consumer at retail outlets containers where Waste Batteries and Accumulators may be disposed of, encouraging the free take back of spent portable batteries without the obligation to purchase new portable batteries or accumulators;
- display, near the sales counters, information indicating to the consumer the possibility of leaving portable WBA at their points of sale.
Distributors of portable batteries and accumulators may register in the National Batteries and Accumulators Coordination Centre to receive the free take back service.
As regards industrial and automotive accumulators, it is the Producers (or third parties acting on their behalf) who are responsible for organising and managing the separate collection systems suitable for collecting waste from end users.
For batteries and accumulators for private vehicles, the end consumer can deliver WBA free of charge to the authorised collection centres.