You should affiliate to Bebat if you put batteries on the Belgian market, which you manufacture yourself or which you buy from foreign suppliers who are not affiliated to Bebat. This relates both to:
- batteries sold separately and batteries included in or sold with appliances, vehicles, bicycles, etc.;
- non-rechargeable (primary) batteries as well as rechargeable batteries.
In that case, you are subject to the statutory take-back obligation, which in amongst other things, requires you to take back waste batteries from your customers, as well as to put in place preventive and awareness-raising measures.
"Put on the market” (alternatively “make available on the market” or “place on the market” as used in European legislation) is understood as the action whereby, for payment or free of charge, the battery that has been imported into or that has been manufactured in Belgium:
- is offered for sale, sold, rented out or leased or made available in Belgium for the first time to a third party/consumer, or
- is intended for own use in Belgium.
To be clear: this not only covers the sale, but also the renting out, leasing and purchase for your own use.
Our test allows you to find out whether or not you are required by law to enrol with Bebat: https://www.bebat.be/en/do-test.
Please read here our brochure concerning the take-back obligation of batteries.
Here you can submit your affiliation request.
The list of our participants is available to be consulted at: https://mybatbase.bebat.be/memberlist/.
As an alternative to enrolling with Bebat, you can submit an individual take-back obligation plan or waste prevention and waste management plan for approval to the regional authorities (Flanders: Ovam, Wallonia: Département du sol et des déchets (DSD), Brussels: Leefmilieu Brussel), in which you detail the way in which you individually comply with the take-back obligation as a manufacturer/importer. In practical terms, this means you are required to carry out the collection and processing of the batteries that are put on the market by you. You are required to report on these activities to the regional authorities on annual basis.