Batteries containing the heavy metals lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium and cadmium are classed as hazardous waste. Other batteries are not classed as hazardous waste. All spent batteries must be collected for reuse or disposal.


Spent batteries are collected and delivered to a waste management centre. Car batteries are delivered to the nearest petrol station.


The container must be marked with a descriptive text (Swedish and English) and/or a symbol.

Storage at waste management centre

Plastic recycling container. No other special requirements.


Spent batteries are collected at the waste management centre by the waste contractor who takes the batteries down to the large recycling centre under Aula Magna. Then the spent batteries are transported to a recycling plant or to intermediate storage.

Final disposal

The batteries are sorted manually by their heavy metal content at a plant. Batteries containing mercury are stored with SAKAB pending a decision on final disposal. Other batteries containing the heavy metals nickel, cadmium and lead go to metal recovery.

Specific legislation

SFS 2008:834      Ordinance on Producer Responsibility for Batteries