The European Parliament and the Council adopted Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators with the intent of reducing the impact on the environment and increasing recycling.
Member states were required to adopt national legislation by September 26, 2008. NI actively works with NI branch offices and subsidiaries in Europe to fully comply with these regulations as local legislation passes. The directive entails obligations such as labeling, registration, recycling, and restriction of batteries containing lead, cadmium, and mercury.
The labeling of batteries consists of the crossed-out wheelie bin symbol, including the battery capacity, and the chemical symbol for lead, cadmium, or mercury if contained in amounts above the legal threshold limits. The symbol indicates that the batteries used in the product should be disposed of separately from municipal waste. For NI products, the predominant battery type is coin cell, which provides continuous power for constant memory. These batteries are incorporated or embedded into appliances, intended to last for the life of the product, and separated from the appliance during the treatment phase of the appliance as required under the WEEE directive.