The 2013 Directive extends the ban on the placing on the market of portable batteries and accumulators containing cadmium to portable batteries and accumulators intended for use in cordless power tools. These batteries previously benefitted from an exemption. However, this exemption is removed by the 2013 Directive.
The Directive has allowed time for both the recycling industry and consumers to adapt to the relevant substitute technologies and the ban will apply from 1 January 2017.
The 2013 Directive also prohibits the marketing of button cells with a mercury content of less than 2% by weight. Again, these button cells previously utilised an exemption that has been removed by the 2013 Directive. The ban will apply from 1 October 2015. The Commission will report to the European Parliament and the Council on the availability of alternatives to button cells used in hearing aids.
Batteries placed on the market for the first time prior to the respective bans can still be sold until stocks are exhausted.