Facts and Figures
- Every year in Switzerland, approx. 120 million batteries are sold. The annual use of batteries in Switzerland remains about 3,500 tonnes.
- Of these batteries sold, 75.44% of these (status in September 2014) are recycled. The Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) require a response rate of 80%, which we are approaching, slowly but surely.
- An obligatory advance disposal fee (VEG) applies to batteries and accumulators since 1 April 2001. This finances the collection, transport and the environmentally recycling of used batteries and accumulators.
Why return batteries?
Every year, over five billion batteries are sold in Europe. Of those, about 120 million are in Switzerland. Used batteries and accumulators contain a high amount of recyclable materials. However, they also contain environmentally harmful toxins and heavy metals like mercury, zinc, lead, cadmium and manganese, which on no account may be added to the cycle of materials.
When we collect old batteries and put these back into the recycling process instead of throwing them into the rubbish, we make a significant contribution to the conservation of resources. In this way, we protect the environment from harmful heavy metals and toxins.
Where to return batteries?
In Switzerland, there is a legally anchored obligation for trade to return used batteries. This means: Batteries and accumulators can be brought back everywhere where they are sold, free of charge. Switzerland has more than 12,000 of these collection points:
- Department stores
- Photo, electronic and mobile communications speciality businesses
- Kiosks, petrol station shops, etc.
Note the relevant guidelines or find out from sales personnel. The obligation to return used batteries applies independently from a purchase. In some cases used batteries and accumulators can also be handed into local council collection points. Many firms make collection points available to their employees.