Calculation of the collection rate

One of the preconditions for approval of your collection system is that it achieves and permanently ensures a collection rate of 50 %. 

The following are relevant for the calculation:

  • waste portable batteries that were taken back in Germany within one calendar year;
  • portable batteries that were placed on the market for the first time in Germany in the respective and the two preceding calendar years and which are available for separate collection;

It is calculated according to the formula

[Mass of waste portable batteries taken back in a calendar year] divided by [mass of portable batteries that were placed on the market on average in the respective and the two preceding calendar years]

Thereby the taken back lead-acid waste portable batteries may only be considered in as much as they do not exceed the mass of the lead-acid portable batteries placed on the market for the first time for which are available for separate collection in Germany. 

When a producer changes from one collection scheme to another, the mass of portable batteries placed on the market is only calculated for the collection rate from the point in time of the change to the new collection scheme. Portable batteries placed on the market before remain with the prior collection scheme for the calculation of the collection rate. 

Transitional regulations

To determine the collection rate according to § 15 section 1 clause 1 number 4, section 2 and 3 BattG, § 16 BattG applies for the 1st calendar year of the operation of a collection scheme with the stipulation that the mass of waste portable batteries taken back in this calendar year is to be set in proportion with the mass of portable batteries placed on the market for the first time in this calendar year. 

For the 2nd calendar year of the operation of a collection scheme § 16 BattG applies with the stipulation that the mass of waste portable batteries tacken back in the 2nd calendar year is to be set in proportion with the mass of portable batteries placed on the market for the first time on average in the first two calendar years of the operation of the collection scheme.