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Crossed-out Wheeled Bin

Disclaimer: This document provides guidance and is not a legally binding interpretation and shall therefore not be relied upon as legal advice.

On the Battery

Default symbol on a battery
Battery directive 2006/66/EC

Default wheel bin



Battery with more than 0,0005 % mercury (Hg)

Wheel bin Mercury


Battery with more than 0,002 % cadmium (Cd)

Wheel bin Cadmium


Battery with more than 0,004 % lead (Pb)

Wheel bin Lead


Required dimensions of the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol on a battery:

  • The symbol shall cover at least 3 % of the area of the largest side of the battery up to a maximum size of 5 by 5 cm.
  • In the case of cylindrical cells, the symbol shall cover at least 1,5 % of the surface area of the battery and shall have a maximum size of 5 by 5 cm.
  • If the size of the battery is such that the symbol would be smaller than 0,5 by 0,5 cm then the battery need not be marked but a symbol measuring at least 1 by 1 cm shall be printed on the packaging.
  • The symbol indicating the heavy metal content (Hg, Cd, Pb) shall be printed beneath the symbol and shall cover an area of at least one-quarter the size of that symbol.

* For more details on the dimensions refer to standard EN 61429 and to the international recycling symbol ISO 7000-1135.

* Check also the marking guidelines in the EN 60086-x series of standards for batteries.


Requirements for marking of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE):

Wheel bin measurements

  • The symbol shown in Annex IX of the WEEE directive 2012/19/EU - preferably according to EN 50419.

  • According to Article 15.2 of the WEEE Directive (and based on clause 4 of EN 50419) the following two

    markings shall be applied on the product to identify a) the producer and b) that the equipment is put on the market after 13 August 2005:

  • (a) An unique identification of the producer: brand name, trademark, company registration number or other suitable means.

  • (b1) The date of manufacture / put on the market, in un-coded text in accordance with ISO 8601 or other coded text, for which the code shall be made available for treatment facilities or: 

  • (b2) Marking with an additional mark (the bar) as shown in the figure to the left.

  • The symbol shall have a minimum height of 7 mm (a = 3,33 mm). The bar shall be at least 1 mm (0,3 a).

  • The symbol’s dimensional relationship is the same as required for batteries and defined in EN 61429.

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