Belgium Breaks Records: 3,900+ Tonnes of Batteries Recycled in 2023

Brussels, Belgium: In a remarkable feat of environmental stewardship, Belgium shattered previous records by collecting a staggering 3,907 metric tonnes of used batteries in 2023.

The non-profit organization Bebat reported this achievement, which marks a 5% increase from the previous year and showcases Belgium’s commitment to sustainable waste management.

Bebat, responsible for the collection, sorting, reuse, and recycling of batteries, attributes this success to the nation’s exemplary waste sorting culture. Despite a modest 2% increase in the number of batteries placed on the market, Bebat’s collection efficiency soared above 90%.

This means that over 90% of used batteries that consumers seek to dispose of are successfully collected by the organization.

The surge in battery collection not only reflects Belgians’ conscientious efforts but also signals readiness to comply with forthcoming EU battery regulations. These regulations, set to impose higher targets, are viewed as manageable by Bebat, given the nation’s impressive performance in 2023.

Bebat’s accomplishments extend beyond mere numbers. With a collection rate of 60.3% of batteries placed on the market, Bebat significantly outpaced the current EU target of 45%. Buoyed by this success, Bebat confidently eyes the European goal of 63% by 2027, poised to maintain Belgium’s leading role in battery recycling within the EU.

The growing awareness of battery collection’s importance among producers and sellers is evident. Over the past decade, the number of companies participating in Bebat has tripled, reaching an impressive count of 4,868. This surge in participation underscores a collective commitment to sustainability among stakeholders in Belgium.

However, amidst the jubilation over record-breaking achievements, concerns loom over the EU’s ambitious target of 73% by 2030. Bebat raises valid points, highlighting the oversight in considering the extended lifespan of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, which now dominate the market.

With Li-ion batteries boasting a lifespan three times longer than traditional primary batteries, attaining the 73% target presents a formidable challenge.

As of the end of 2023, Belgium boasts a robust infrastructure with 25,111 active collection points, facilitating easy access for consumers to responsibly dispose of their used batteries.

This widespread availability of collection points underscores the nation’s commitment to fostering a culture of recycling and environmental responsibility.

In conclusion, Belgium’s unprecedented success in battery collection not only reflects a commendable dedication to sustainability but also positions the nation as a trailblazer in waste management within the EU.

While challenges lie ahead, Bebat’s achievements serve as a beacon of hope, demonstrating that with collective effort and innovation, ambitious environmental targets can be met and exceeded.


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