New battery law in Germany from 2021

December 30th, 2020

Germany’s new battery law comes into force on 1st January 2021. As the joint take-back scheme, Stiftung GRS, was abandoned at the beginning of this year, there will be competition between manufacturer-owned schemes in the future, which may result in numerous questions.

Due to the fact that Landbell Group is an operator of manufacturer-owned take-back schemes, we have created a FAQ section on our website with answers to these questions, along with further information about which rules and processes will continue as they are in Germany and which ones have changed. Click here to read the FAQs.

Following the approval of the German parliament a few weeks ago (see article), the amendments to the German battery law have now been published in the Official Journal. They will thus enter into force on 1 January 2021 as planned.

Among other things, the new battery law provides for an increase in the collection rate of waste portable batteries to 50% and the abolition of the so-called joint take-back scheme, Stiftung GRS, mentioned above.

The official publication of the amendments can be found here. A consolidated version of the new battery law, which includes both the amendments and the unchanged provisions of the old battery law is currently being prepared.

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