European Union and United Kingdom Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Battery Directives FAQS

What Is The WEEE Directive?

The European Community (2012/19/EU) Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, as transposed in national law in the United Kingdom, aims to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic products that end up in the waste stream. The directive sets collection, recovery, and recycling targets for different types of electrical goods sold in the European Union and the United Kingdom, respectively.

What is the Batteries Directive?

The European Community Batteries Directive (2006/66/EC) as transposed in national law in the United Kingdom, on batteries and waste batteries, aims, among others, to prohibit the marketing of batteries containing hazardous substances. It also regulates the collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of waste batteries at their end of life. The directive applies to different types of batteries including both portable and industrial batteries.

How Does Zebra Comply?

Most batteries and electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), including printers, and mobile computers sold in Europe, must be disposed of in accordance with the WEEE Directive and the Batteries Directive, respectively. The directives place responsibilities on "producers" and "distributors" of EEE and batteries regarding the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of EEE and batteries from both private households and users other than private households.

Both Zebra and its partners have responsibilities as producers and/or distributors under national laws implementing the WEEE and Batteries Directives regarding the collection, return and recycling of batteries and EEE at their end of life.

Certain of the batteries Zebra supplies qualify as industrial batteries under the Batteries Directive. These industrial batteries are either Li Ion, Li MH or ADD batteries as indicated on the label of the battery.

At Zebra, we offer customers that purchase products directly from Zebra (“Direct End User Customers”) the chance to recycle their old EEE and batteries free of charge.

In the United Kingdom, as a producer of industrial batteries, we are required to offer all Zebra end user customers, direct and indirect  to recycle their old industrial batteries free of charge.

End user customers located outside the United Kingdom, who do not purchase directly from Zebra, are encouraged to contact their supplier of choice regarding EEE and  batteries.

Important: Waste EEE and batteries should be recycled. All Zebra EEE and batteries are marked with a crossed out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw any EEE or a battery in your bin. Dispose safely.

EEE and Battery Recycling Icon

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and batteries contain materials, components and substances that may be hazardous and present a risk to human health and the environment when waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and batteries are not handled correctly. In case batteries contain more than 0,0005% mercury (Hg), 0,002% cadmium (Cd) or 0,004% lead (Pb) (by weight), the corresponding chemical symbol is displayed on the battery. Users need to follow local recycling regulations to reduce adverse environmental impact in connection with disposal of WEEE and batteries and to increase opportunities for reuse, recycling, and recovery of WEEE and batteries. Users are responsible for removing personal data from electronic devices prior to disposal. Where possible remember to separate waste batteries or accumulators from the electronic device before you dispose of it.

For End User Customers And Partnerconnect Program Members Located In The UK And FR

Zebra is registered as a „producer“ of EEE and batteries, please refer to the table below for Zebra’s registration details.

For End User Customers Located In The EEA Or CH And Who Purchase Directly From Zebra

Zebra is registered as a „producer“ of EEE and batteries, please refer to the table below for Zebra’s registration details.

For Partnerconnect Program Members Located In The EEA And CH

Zebra is not considered a „producer“ or „importer“ of EEE and batteries, and is not required to register with local authorities to report, manage or takeback EEE and batteries.

Zebra Registration Details

Country Registration Number (EEE) Registration Number (Batteries)
Austria 9008391778288 9008391778288
Czech Republic KH003/05-ECZ registered, # not provided
Denmark registered, # not provided -
Estonia PRO180092 PRO180092
Finland registered, # not provided registered with collective org
France FR02576
IDU: FR025006_06YURN
Germany 93145997 82987522
Greece 9875 -
Ireland 2706WB 2706WB
Italy IT19060000011471 IT19060P00005430
Latvia EEIGB02881068 BAGB02881068
Lithuania 288016 registered with collective org
Netherlands registered,  # not provided registered with collective org
Poland 000006411 000110780
Portugal PT101217 PT06002049
Spain RII_AEE 6983 RD 110/2015 RII_PYA 1878 RD 106/2018
Sweden 4335 -
United Kingdom WEE/CB0091VU/PRO BPRN03377


How will it work for me/ what can I return?

In the countries listed under "How does Zebra comply?", If you are a Direct End User Customer of Zebra you are eligible to return Zebra EEE and batteries to Zebra free of charge. Please contact Zebra at:

In the United Kingdom and France, you may return electronic and electric equipment & industrial batteries to Zebra free of charge regardless of whether the electric equipment & industrial batteries have been purchased from Zebra directly, via distributors/resellers or in some cases from third parties. Please contact Zebra at:

Acronyms used in this article:

EEA – The European Economic Area

FR – France

CH – Switzerland

UK – United Kingdom