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reduction in the recycling contribution

ARN has managed to increase efficiency in the recycling chain year on year and consequently reduce costs. In 2018, the recycling contribution for each processed car will be reduced through the combined efforts of everyone in the chain.

ARN is the organisation that implements the manufacturers’ responsibility on behalf of the automotive sector in the Netherlands in the area of recycling. The automotive sector finances ARN with a part of the recycling contribution on cars. This income makes it possible to meet the legal requirement of a minimum of 95% of car recycling, including energy recovery. ARN works on this together with almost 300 companies: car dismantling companies, shredder companies, collection companies and recycling companies.

Reduction in the contribution

ARN attributes the reduction of the contribution for 2018 from €42.50 to €40.00 to efficiency measures in its organisation and the car recycling chain and through developments in the market. That contribution will decrease even further in 2019 to €37.50. Cars are lasting for longer on average (currently over eighteen years) and market developments enable a deduction. Incidentally, the administrative contributions for Li-ion car batteries for hybrid and fully electric cars will also be reduced.

Sustainable Development Goals


For the second year, ARN has submitted itself to the yardstick of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the motto ‘lean and green’ in mind. The colored SDGs shown opposite apply specifically to the content of this page.

How is the recycling contribution spent?

Part of the recycling contribution goes directly to the car dismantling companies. In 2018, they received a fee of €15 per end-of-life vehicle and that was €20 in 2017. That fee has been adjusted again for 2019 to €10. In addition, part of the payment goes to the Post Shredder Technology plant, which converts the final residues of end-of-life vehicles into renewed raw materials in order to meet the target of 95% car recycling.

ARN uses the remaining amount per car for paying the collection and processing costs and the costs for obtaining the KZD certificate (quality management system for the vehicle dismantling sector). ARN also bears the costs for the service, maintenance and depreciation of the drainage installations and the firesafe containers.

Furthermore, ARN uses a part of the recycling contribution to steer car recycling in the Netherlands in the right direction. It does this by stimulating the creation and renewal of partnerships and by supporting the partners throughout the chain in many different ways.

Training courses for employees in the sector

Knowledge sharing, for instance, is high on ARN’s list of priorities in Breukelen. ARN provides training courses on matters such as dismantling electric cars. The account manager at the shredder companies affiliated with ARN have held a training workshop on safety when dealing with electric vehicles. Safety is equally important when processing LPG tanks. This is why ARN has created an information video.

Account managers – an important asset

Account managers are an important asset in the partnership with the chain. Over the years, ARN has devoted more and more time and attention into personal contact with businesses in the sector, such as by working together to combat rogue practices and leakage flows.

ARN has chosen the same approach focused on support and providing a full-service solution for shredder companies and the PST plant in Tiel. This plant was an initiative developed by ARN and it plays an important role in the recycling chain’s targets.


Added value for importers

Year on year, ARN attempts to demonstrate its added value for the chain, the process and ideas around recycling and circularity. ARN constantly adds value for car importers that are not subject to a designated supplier system and that choose their own solutions for the future recycling of ‘their’ cars.

This added value is clear to the vast majority of importers. Wijnand de Geus of the Rai Association (one of ARN’s shareholders) expressed it as follows: “We have a good collective solution in the Netherlands with ARN that is better than individual manufacturers can achieve alone. It means that we are doing more in the Netherlands than in other countries.”


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What about the batteries?

The growing number of electric and hybrid cars on Dutch roads poses a challenge for the car recycling sector. After all, large numbers of drive batteries will need to be sustainably recycled over the long term. Is it possible to reduce the costs for this?

Yes, it is possible. ARN believes that the processing costs can be reduced through increases in scale, developments in technology and through second-use applications of Li-ion batteries. That means that the administrative contributions for Li-ion batteries for hybrid and fully electric cars can also be reduced by an average of around 10 per cent.

What are the administrative contributions for accumulators and batteries?

The administrative contribution for lead-acid and NiMH batteries and starter batteries and disposable batteries remains unchanged in 2019 compared to 2018, namely € 0.05 (ex. VAT). The contributions for Li-ion starter batteries in 2019 (inc. VAT) are:

  • €8 per battery, when the battery weight is ≤5 kg
  • €20 per battery, when the battery weight is >5 kg and ≤25 kg
  • €60 per battery, when the battery weight is >25 kg and ≤100 kg
  • €120 per battery, when the battery weight is >100 kg and ≤350 kg
  • €145 per battery, when the battery weight is >350 kg and ≤600 kg
  • €175 per battery, when the battery weight is >600 kg and ≤900 kg