The recycling fee is levied so that all vehicles in the Netherlands can be properly recycled at the end of their useful life. The management fees paid to ARN by participating importers for collecting and recycling lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles will stay unchanged.
Vehicle-recycling fees still dropping
The recycling fee on cars has been mandatory since 1 May 2021 for all passenger cars and light commercial vehicles that are registered in the Netherlands for the first time. This ensures that a contribution to the recycling fund is made for every car. Consequently, despite rising recycling costs it has once again been possible to reduce the recycling fee. It was reduced from €30 to €25 last year and as of 1 January, 2023, it will be further reduced, to €22.50. The recycling fee is included in the total purchase price of a car that is registered in the Netherlands for the first time.
Recycling level of 98 per cent
ARN uses the recycling fee payable on cars to meet the legal obligation of recycling and reusing a minimum of 95 per cent of end-of-life vehicles. In the Netherlands, end-of-life vehicles are sustainably recycled and practically all residual materials are gainfully reused. In recent years car-dismantling companies, shredder companies and recycling companies have collectively attained a recycling level of approximately 98% per cent.
“The management fees paid to ARN by participating importers for collecting and recycling lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles will stay unchanged”
Management fees for car batteries unchanged
Given that it seems they will last a lot longer than originally was anticipated, the management fees for collecting and recycling lithium-ion car batteries were halved last year. The current management fees are well aligned with the expected future obligations for collecting and recycling end-of-life vehicle batteries. This is why management fees paid by participating car importers to ARN for collecting and recycling lithium-ion batteries will, as of 1 January 2023, remain unchanged.
Gainful reuse of end-of-life vehicle batteries at 83 per cent
The management fees facilitate the sustainable recycling of used car batteries. In collaboration with dealerships, car-dismantling companies and recycling companies, a recycling level of 83 per cent was achieved last year. The legal requirement to recycle at least 50 per cent of lithium-ion batteries, by weight, was thus comfortably exceeded.
Management fees for lithium-ion drive batteries and starter batteries (including VAT) in 2023
€3 per battery for a weight ≤5kg
€5 per battery for a weight >5kg and ≤15kg (48V category)
€8 per battery for a weight >15kg and ≤25kg
€25 per battery for a weight >25kg and ≤100kg
€45 per battery for a weight >100kg and ≤350kg
€55 per battery for a weight >350kg and ≤600kg
€65 per battery for a weight >600kg and ≤900kg
Management fees for lead-acid and NiMH starter batteries and drive batteries unchanged
in 2023 The management fee for lead-acid and NiMH starter batteries and drive batteries will stay the same as it was in 2022: €0.05 (excl. VAT).
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