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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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in 2019


The number of batteries an average family has at home. (in use, new and out of use). 26 of them are empty.

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

76% of used batteries are sorted at home and returned to a Bebat collection point. 14% 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.

96 %

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 90%.


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 2018. This is the collection rate in accordance to legal standards. However, this does not imply that the remaing 38,4% of 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 61,6%, Bebat clearly fulfills its legal obligation for Belgium and significantly exceeds the European objective of 45% in 2018.

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

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