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Legislation

Below please find an overview of the following legislation:

  • The take-back obligation for discarded portable and industrial batteries and accumulators in Belgium’s three regions  
  • The Royal Decree regarding the marketing and information for end users of batteries and accumulators 
  • An overview of the relevant European legislation

Flanders

23.12.2011 - Materials decree

Decree on the sustainable management of material cycles and waste. 

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17.02.2012 - VLAREMA

Decision of the Flemish Government establishing the Flemish regulation on the sustainable management of material cycles and waste. 

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15.06.2018 - EPA - Flanders

Environmental policy agreement on the take-back obligation for discarded portable and industrial batteries and accumulators. 

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Wallonia

27.06.1996 - Decree concerning waste products 

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23.09.2010 - Order of the Walloon government 

Order of the Walloon Government introducing an obligation to take back certain waste materials. 

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05.12.2013 - Environmental policy agreement

Environmental policy agreement implementing the take-back obligation for portable and industrial used batteries and accumulators. 

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Environmental policy agreement implementing the take-back obligation for automotive used batteries and accumulators. 

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Brussels Capital-Region

14.06.2012 - Ordinance on waste materials

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01.12.2016 - Order of the Brussels Capital Regional Government

Order of the Brussels Capital Regional Government concerning waste. 

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14.06.2019 – EPA – Brussels Capital Region

Environmental agreement on waste batteries and accumulators in the Brussels-Capital Region
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Federal

27.03.2009 - Royal Decree - Federal

Royal Decree concerning the placing on the market and information for the end users of batteries and accumulators. This decree repeals the Royal Decree of 17 March 1997 regarding batteries and accumulators containing hazardous substances. 

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European

06.09.2006 - Directive 2006/66/EG 

Directive 2006/66/EG of the European Parliament and the Council of 6 September 2006 on batteries and accumulators, as well as waste batteries and accumulators and repealing Directive 91/157/EEG.

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20.11.2013 - Directive 2013/56/EU 

Directive 2013/56/EU of the European Parliament and the Council of 20 November 2013 amending Directive 2006/66/EG of the European Parliament and the Council on batteries and accumulators, as well as waste batteries and accumulators, as regards the placing on the market of portable batteries and accumulators containing cadmium intended for use in cordless power tools, and of button cells with low mercury content, and repealing Commission Decision 2009/603/EG.

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11.06.2012 - Commision Regulation (EU) No. 493/2012 

Commission Regulation (EU) No 493/2012 of 11 June 2012 laying down detailed rules regarding the calculation of recycling efficiencies of the recycling processes of waste batteries and accumulators pursuant to Directive 2006/66/EG of the European Parliament and the Council. 

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