Recycling of batteries

According to the Battery Management Decree (Bbb), automotive manufacturers and importers are required to take back both the starter batteries and propulsion batteries from hybrid and electric cars, following use. By participating in the collective system (ARN Management Plan), manufacturers and importers entrust the implementation of their responsibility to ARN. Below you can read about everything ARN does to make this possible. For activities for importers click here: Drive batteries - ARN. These activities are financed via a pay-as-you-sell system. For an explanation and the current rates, click here: Management fee - ARN.

What does ARN do?

For importers

Based on the ARN Management Plan, ARN fulfils the manufacturers’ responsibility for starter batteries and propulsion batteries from electric cars. ARN provides a national network of collection points where end users can hand in their starter batteries free of charge. ARN is also responsible for the collection and processing of end-of-life propulsion batteries from participating importers. Click here for all information for importers and the way in which these activities are financed (pay-as-you-sell system) including the current charges.

For dealers

On behalf of the participating importers, ARN is responsible for the collection and recycling of end-of-life propulsion batteries. If you want to have a lithium-ion drive battery collected for recycling, you can use the collection order form.

For car dismantling companies (ADBs)

The role ARN plays for car dismantling companies is as follows: knowledge sharing, issuing advice on good regulations, working towards a level playing field, providing training courses together with Innovam and providing assistance in the collection and recycling of propulsion batteries. Click here for more information about the regulations that apply to car dismantling companies with regard to the dismantling, storage and transport of propulsion batteries from electric cars. If you want to have a lithium-ion propulsion battery collected for recycling, you can use the collection order form.

Results in 2020

In 2020, more than 70 importers participated in ARN’s collective system. In total, in 2020, more than 121 tonnes of propulsion batteries were collected, more than 80% of which were sent to a recycling company. Just under 20% of the end-of-life batteries went on for a second life, via a conversion company; in most cases, they were put to use in stationary solutions for electricity storage. If a propulsion battery is sent to a recycling company, more than 70% of the raw materials can be retrieved. The propulsion batteries that are given a second life contribute almost 100% to the reuse percentage; in this process, only a small percentage is lost.