On 6th September 2006, Directive 2006/66/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators was adopted.

The Directive, which will be transferred into Slovenian legal order, determines that the persons responsible for the organisation of the scheme for the collection and management of waste batteries and accumulators are the producers, acquirers and importers of batteries and accumulators, and, furthermore, that the producers, acquirers and importers will have to ensure that all batteries, accumulators and battery assemblies they place on the market will be labelled in the prescribed manner and that they will provide and ensure, at their own costs, their collection, treatment and recycling once they become waste.

In addition to municipal waste collection centres, portable battery and accumulator waste will be collected as separately-collected fractions in special containers and at battery and accumulator retail points. As one of the most representative merchants for this type of products, we are aware that it will therefore be necessary to prepare and implement an appropriate and effective system of take-back and separate collection of these types of products from the end users.Besides appropriate infrastructure and logistics, the objectives, which represent an obligation for producers, importers and acquirers, will greatly depend on raising awareness and communication with customers.

To this end, we would like to inform you that our company is actively monitoring the transposition of Directive 2006/66/EC into Slovenian legal order, and is establishing an operative system of take-back and collection of waste batteries and accumulators in active cooperation with the company ZEOS d.o.o., which has already implemented and is effectively executing a system of waste electrical and electronic equipment collection and management.As the activities in this area are closely related to the area of waste batteries and accumulators, we have decided to continue our cooperation with the company ZEOS, d.o.o in this area as well.