Mercury banned in batteries from 2000

A technical adaptation to the 1991 EC Directive on batteries will limit mercury levels in alkaline manganese and zinc carbon batteries to 5ppm from 1 January 2000. This will effectively act as a ban, since the limit is similar to the background levels found in other battery components. Button cells, which are used in cameras and hearing aids, are exempt provided their mercury content does not exceed 2% by weight.

Sign in to continue

Sign in

Trouble signing in?

Reset password: Click here


Call: 020 8267 8120

Take a 30-day trial

  • Join ENDS Report now and pay nothing for your first 30-days.



Prices on request

  • Full access to for 12 months
  • Clear and accessible guidance on relevant legislation
  • Integration with ENDS Compliance Manager helping you plan ahead and ensure compliance for your organisation
  • Individual or bespoke multi-user packages available

See all benefits

Need to activate your subscription?
Already a subscriber
If you haven't already, activate your subscription here>>
Company Domain Access
If your company or university has a corporate subscription simply register your email address here to gain access