Starter batteries

National network of collection points

The regulations distinguish between two different types of batteries: industrial batteries (propulsion batteries) and starter batteries. As a rule, starter batteries are lead acid batteries but increasingly we are also seeing lithium starter batteries on the market.

ARN operates a national network of collection points for starter batteries. The network consists of car dismantling companies with an environmental permit (OBM), affiliated to ARN.

As well as running the network, ARN also reports to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management on end-of-life starter batteries (lead batteries and Li-ion starter batteries). The necessary data are retrieved from the Stibat reporting portal, where collectors register the starter batteries they have collected and recycled.

Starter batteries that are not collected and recycled can represent a risk to public health. Because an end-of-life starter battery contains harmful elements, it cannot be disposed of as normal domestic waste. This fact is indicated on the starter battery by a symbol showing a crossed-out wheely bin, and the letters Pb (the symbol for the chemical element lead).

ARN collection points

To prevent harm to the environment, therefore, it is essential that starter batteries be collected. But where can you hand in your end-of-life starter battery safely? ARN operates a national network of collection points for starter batteries. The network consists of car dismantling companies affiliated to ARN.

Recycling

Lead acid batteries are not processed in the Netherlands but are sent to processing companies in Belgium, Germany and France. The lead battery consists of lead acid, lead and plastic. These materials are separated and individually processed. In many cases, the lead is reused in new lead batteries.