Producers of portable batteries

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Who is concerned?

Any company or wholesaler first to introduce any type of battery into the French market, whether the battery is single or incorporated into an electric or electronic equipment.

Your obligations:

Order No. 2009-1139, of 22 September 2009, lays down that batteries now fall into three categories, with corresponding obligations for the producers:

  • Portable batteries: batteries bought and used by households or which composition or format do not restrict themselves to strictly industrial or trade uses.
  • Industrial batteries: batteries designed for exclusively industrial or professional purposes.
  • Motor-vehicle batteries: batteries intended to supply an engine-starting, lighting or ignition system.


The regulation makes you responsible for organising the collection, recycling and disposal of any used batteries that you sell.

For portable batteries, you have two possibilities:

  1. Joining  a compliance system, such as COREPILE, enabling you to comply with the obligations imposed by the 22 September 2009 Order:
    –    Organising collection and recycling of batteries in France;
    –    Reaching the recycling targets;
    –    Informing and ensuring the awareness of consumers through mutualised communiction and tools
    –    Periodically reporoting to the autorities on the activities being carried out.
  2. In accordance with specifications laid down by the government, establishing and financing your own, individual system, which will have to be approved by a committee ruled by the Ministry of Environment.


Join the compliance scheme

Why should you join Corepile ?

By joining Corepile means you will participate into a government-approved organisation and a joint scheme for collection (involving municipalities waste facilities and supermarkets) recycling and communication. Thus complying to your regulatory obligations.
– Corepile is n°1 among the compliance organisations dealing especially with used batteries (67% of those put on the market in France and 73% of those collected in France).
– Corepile’s aim is to offer competitive prices, in compliance with the environmental rules .
– Corepile is focussed on quality improvement and cost management.

Corepile Price List 2020

To join Corepile

Call (+33) 1 56 90 30 90 and follow the instructions or send an e-mail
You can also download the complete the Membership Agreement  . The application document must be returned to us in duplicate and signed, at the following address:

17 rue Georges Bizet
75016 Paris

On receipt, Corepile will return one copy of the contract to you, with your identifying datas, so that you can make your sales declaration online.

To make your annual declaration on line or examine your invoicing history and status of payments, enter: commercialising organisations’ area .



Are there any obligations relating to the manufacture of equipment containing batteries?

If the batteries are incorporated into equipment (computers or cordless telephones, etc.), it must be possible to dismantle the equipment in order to remove the batteries. According to Order No. 2009-1139, of 22 September 2009 any manufacturer or importer must indicate if the battery contains more than threshold out of mercury, lead or Cadmium. All batteries, accumulators and battery packs must be marked with the symbol of the crossed-out wheeled bin.

As an organisation that has not yet sold any electrical batteries, I have no knowledge of my tonnages. How should I make my declaration to COREPILE?

The simplest solution would be to declare what you plan to sell during the year. In the following year, Corepile will ask you for a declaration of your actual sales, and will correct (either upwards or downwards) the membership payments made on the basis of your initial forecast.

Who are the others compliance organisations in Europe:

You will find a list on EPBA web site.

Who is considered to be the “producer” of electrical batteries contained in electric and/or electronic equipment (EEE)?

  • Organisations that put EEE on the market, where this is the first time that the equipment and the incorporated batteries have been put on the market in the territory of France, are considered to be “producers”, and must therefore belong to a compliance organisation for batteries.
  • In contrast, where the incorporated electrical batteries are supplied by producers of such batteries who are established in France, those suppliers are responsible.

What are the various situations that mean I could be considered as a producer?

The following are considered to be “producers”:

  • Companies that import batteries and are the first to sell them in the territory of France.
  • Companies that import equipment incorporating batteries.
  • Manufacturers that sell batteries to equipment suppliers established in the territory of France, in respect of the share of these equipments that is sold in France.

As a member, what batteries must I declare to COREPILE?

You must declare all the batteries that you sell alone, and also those incorporated into electric or electronic equipment.