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Bebat in figures

Bebat in figures

How many batteries does Bebat collect every year? We’ve compiled a list for you with all the relevant figures!

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This online publication offers an overview of the results achieved by Bebat, and highlights Bebat's way of working.

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in 2023

pile of batteries


The number of batteries an average family has at home (in use, new and out of use). 30 of them are empty.

64% of batteries at home are stocked in the kitchen, garage or storage room.

73% of used batteries are sorted at home and returned to a Bebat collection point. 15% is sorted at home but is never returned. Batteries are often stocked in a Bebat box or one of the Bebat collection bags. 5% of all used batteries are claimed to be thrown away by Belgians in their domestic waste.

Belgian people return their used batteries on average 2 or 3 times a year.


The percentage of Belgian people that is familiar with the collection system for used batteries.

Up until 2010, only 56% knew the "brand" Bebat, today this figure has grown to 91%.

Batterijen binnenbrengen
Victorious battery dominating a marble table


The number of batteries that can be found in 100 kg of domestic waste*.

Only 10 to 13% of all used batteries end up in domestic waste.

We find most of them in smaller appliances (toys, watches torches, cellphones, ...).


*source: domestic waste analysis and research for Bebat by RDC - 2003, 2007, 2011


The collection rate attained in 2023. This is the collection rate in accordance to legal standards. However, this does not imply that the remaing batteries are released in the environment. The legal standards do not sufficiently take into account the average lifecycle of a battery, which on average is about 6 years. 

With 60.3%, Bebat clearly fulfills its legal obligation for Belgium and significantly exceeds the European objective of 45% in 2023.

Belgium clearly leads the field in Europe and the rest of the world.

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Batterijen in inzamelkubus