Bebat: Belgian Battery Take Back Solution

1615 days ago

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Make sure you are legally compliant when putting light electric vehicles onto the Belgian market

Does your company import and/or sell battery-operated light electric vehicles such as e-bikes, e-scooters, hoverboards, monowheels or other light elctric vehicle excluded from type approval onto the Belgian market? If so, you have to fulfil the take-back obligation. Read all about it in this article.

The principle is simple: the Belgian take-back obligation requires you to take back your Belgian customers’ waste batteries from light electric vehicles. This legislation applies to all companies that import and/or sell battery-operated light electric vehicles, excluded from type-approval;  onto the Belgian market. The take-back obligation also applies to online sales and any other forms of distance selling by non-Belgian companies.

Considering organising it yourself? Quite complex!

The consequences of this legal obligation should not be underestimated. You are responsible for the collection and processing of waste batteries and accumulators. You must also draw up an individual waste prevention and management plan setting out how you comply with your obligations. These reports are to be submitted to the regional authorities: OVAM for the Flemish Region, Bruxelles Environnement for the Brussels Capital Region and DSD for the Walloon Region.

Let Bebat take on your take-back obligation

Complying with the take-back obligation is a considerable challenge, both logistically and administratively. Do you prefer to spend your time and energy on your core business? Then join Bebat, the collective management body established by the industry. They look after the practical implementation of the take-back obligation. Bebat collects the batteries at no cost and ensures that the used batteries are properly recycled. So all you have to do is to inform Bebat them how many and which types of batteries you brought to market.

Are you compliant for 2020?

In just 2 minutes, you can check whether you fulfil the obligations regarding the collection and recycling of batteries. And – if you’re not compliant right now – you can find out which solution is best for you.

Do the test and discover if your company is legally compliant for 2020.


Annick Roetynck

Annick is the Manager of LEVA-EU, with decades of experience in two-wheeled and light electric mobility.

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