In 1986, the Environmentally Hazardous Substances Ordinance came into force. Due to the heavy metals contained in batteries, manufacturers, importers and distributors are obliged to take back used batteries and ensure an environmentally friendly disposal.
Here is a video on BATREC’s role in the INOBAT system: Battery recycling in Switzerland
The Swiss system
One of the local authorities’ main goal is that 80% of batteries sold in Switzerland are returned by consumers for recycling. The recovery rate increased from 60% to over 70% between 2001 and 2009. Since then, it has stagnated, or even declined slightly at times. This decline is linked to the strong growth of lithium-ion batteries which have a longer lifetime.