What is the difference between an environmental contribution and an administrative contribution?The environmental contribution covers all costs of managing waste batteries , a.o.:- Collection, pick-up, sorting, processing and recycling- Prevention, raising awareness and communications- Reporting to the 3 regional authoritiesThe administrative contribution does not include the costs of collection, pick-up, sorting, processing and recycling, although it does cover all of the other expenses listed above. An administrative contribution will be instated for large batteries with a weight of > 20 kg (except for lead acid batteries, where the administrative contribution is applicable from 3 kg onwards). This relates mainly to rechargeable batteries used in hybrid and electric vehicles, and used for the storage of energy from solar panels.Please note that Bebat does offer a full range of services related to the collection, pick-up, sorting, processing and recycling of waste batteries with an administrative contribution. It is impossible however, to apply one and the same uniform price across the board for these services as the costs involved depend on the weight, the chemical family of the waste batteries, the packaging and the services requested, to name just a few differentiating factors.Bebat will offer to individual prices to participants who want to make use of such services. Prices will be tailored to the specific and unique requirements of each participant. Participants handling the collection, pick-up, sorting, processing and recycling of the waste batteries by themselves must pay an administrative contribution and are required to provide Bebat with all relevant details to enable Bebat to report, on their behalf, to the three regional authorities. This is not necessary lead acid batteries subject to an administrative contribution, for as long as the market regulates the collection and recycling of this type of waste batteries. For lead acid batteries already collects all necessary information about their collection and recycling and reports them to the three regional authorities.
Why differentiated environmental contributions for rechargeable lithium batteries?
Effective from 1/01/2018, Bebat is set to implement differentiated environmental contributions for rechargeable lithium batteries with a weight of ≤ 20 kg. The reason is the substantial collection and recycling costs as well as the safety risks related to waste rechargeable lithium batteries. Moreover, environmental contributions of € 12 (excl. VAT) and € 9 (excl. VAT) respectively are already in place for lithium-ion batteries used in electric bikes and lithium-ion starter batteries, whereas for comparable lithium-ion batteries for different applications the old € 0.075 (excl. VAT) rate continues to apply today. Given the inconsistency of this situation, from 1/01/2018 forward the same contribution will apply to all rechargeable lithium batteries depending on the weight, regardless of their application.
Declaration procedure from 1/01/2018
Declarations will continue to be made based on the nomenclature number system in myBatbase. Each nomenclature number will carry a specific contribution, based on the average weight of the batteries included in the relevant nomenclature number category. For nomenclature numbers where participants are required to input the exact weight of the battery, the contribution will be determined based on this exact weight.
Which steps should I undertake as a participant?
The introduction of differentiated contributions may require you to adapt your IT system, particularly your invoicing system. We do advise you to examine the impact of these changes on your IT system and to make the 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.
Contributions per piece and per kg
All contributions are exclusive of VAT and apply per piece (battery or pack) with the exception of the environmental contributions for rechargeable lithium batteries with a weight of > 10 kg & ≤ 20 kg. For this type of batteries, the contribution is charged per kg.
Timing of introduction of the contributions: important for your stocks
The new system of differentiated contributions will be 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. This is necessary as the environmental contributions will be reduced in many cases.
Billing contributions between professionals in case one product contains several batteries and/or accumulators with a different environmental contribution
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.
This sample invoice illustrates how invoices between professionals are to be drawn up in the event you are selling products that contain multiple batteries with different environmental contributions.
Billing contributions to consumers
On invoices/cash register receipts for industrial and li-ion automotive batteries sold to consumers, you are free to choose whether you visibly specify the environmental contribution or administrative contribution in the invoice or not. For portable batteries however, you are not permitted to specify the environmental contribution on invoices/till receipts to consumers – as specified in EU Directive 2006/66-. Our list of nomenclature numbers states whether batteries are portable, industrial or automotive. If this is not specified, you are required to submit this informationyourself using the decision tree.