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Differentiated contributions

Here you will find all necessary information about the differentiated contributions, valid as from January 1st 2018.

Differentiated contributions as from January 1st 2018

From 01/01/2018, the contributions for portable, industrial and automotive batteries and accumulators have changed. We have stepped away from a single standard uniform price for the various types of batteries, which may have an impact on your IT system. Please find here a summary of the new contributions and further in the text a practical fact sheet containing further information.


What has changed on January 1st 2018?

The law requires the environmental contribution to be differentiated for all types of batteries. However, in the interest of Bebat participants and of the retail sector Bebat appealed in favour of striking a balance between differentiation of contributions and administrative simplicity. As a result, only the environmental contributions for rechargeable lithium batteries have been differentiated. This has been approved by the 3 regional authorities. Please consult this fact sheet for more details

The administrative contribution for large batteries with a weight of > 20 kg (except for lead acid batteries > 3 kg) does not include the cost of collection, pick-up, sorting, processing and recycling. Please consult this fact sheet for more details.

The differentiated contributions is applicable as of 01/01/2018 to sales between all professionals (manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers). For sales to consumers, the new contributions will take effect on 01/04/2018 at the latest. This gives professionals who sell to consumers 3 months to deplete their stocks. Please consult this fact sheet for more details.


Adapting your IT system

We advise you to examine the impact of these changes on your IT system and to make any relevant adaptations at your earliest convenience. In addition, we emphasize that it is a legal obligation to specify the amount of the environmental contribution as well as the number of batteries sold on all invoices between professionals. There is no such obligation for administrative contributions. Please consult this fact sheet for more details. 


With the Bebat system, Belgium ranks among the best in the world when it comes to the collection and recycling of waste batteries. Per resident, we collect the highest weight of waste batteries anywhere in the world.

We are committed to collecting and recycling ever more waste batteries day after day.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bebat at +32 (0)16/76.88.91 or  participants@bebat.be.