The legal obligation
The legislation stipulates that each manufacturer that ‘brings an electro-appliance onto the Belgian market’ is also in charge of the collection and processing of the discarded appliances.
As a distributor or end-seller, when a customer purchases a new product, you are obliged to take back the similar discarded product that the customer is discarding, free of charge. In addition, you must also inform your customers about the processing of discarded appliances and about the contributions for the processing. Recupel offers free information material which you can order on this website.
The Recupel contribution
The Recupel contribution is the amount added to the price of a new electric/electronic appliance. We use the revenues from these contributions to coordinate and organise the collection, sorting, processing and recycling of waste in Belgium.
All of the appliances for which a Recupel contribution is charged are listed in the product lists and are divided into 10 categories. Within these categories, there is a division between ‘household’ and ‘professional’.
For the household appliances, an ‘all-in' contribution applies. The charge appears separately on the invoice or the purchase receipt as 'Recupel contribution'. This contribution covers the costs for collection and processing as well as for Recupel’s operations and communication (reporting, monitoring companies, …).
For your information: for all professional electro-appliances, there is an ‘administrative contribution’ when the manufacturer or importer puts the product on the market. This contribution covers our costs for administration and reporting (but not for collection and processing).
The difference between professional and household appliances is not always evident. Read more about it here.
Become a collection point
To arrange the dismissal of old electro-appliances and bulbs, every merchant of electr(on)ic materials can become a Recupel collection point. In that case, we will place a box pallet (1m wide ; 1.2m deep ; 1.7m high) at your disposal to assemble your old electro-appliances. When this pallet is full, you can make a transport request. Thereafter, we will empty your pallet. You can only become a collection point if you meet a number of conditions.
Are you interested? Register now as a collection point.
After receiving your request, Recupel will send you an email to confirm your affiliation as a collection point. After the treatment of your request, you will receive a username and a password. These will allow you to make your transport requests online.
The Environmental policy agreement concerning waste has imposed new tasks on distribution with regard to taking back and acceptance. Recupel is aware of the fact that making room for temporary storage of discarded appliances requires extra effort of the distributors.
To support this effort, we award financial compensation to distributors that:
- are registered as a collection point with Recupel;
- have a sufficient number of appliances collected;
- and have signed a distribution contract.
Try to limit your number of transports. You can do this by having the electro-appliances collected in larger quantities. The conditions for this are set out in the distribution contract. Then, in addition to the distribution compensation, you also receive an optimisation compensation.
You can download the contract with the conditions in Dutch or in French. Simply print out 2 copies of this contract, sign them and initial every page, and then send them to:
Output (About reimbursement of the Recupel contributions)
If, as an importer, you import appliances for which you have paid contributions to your Belgian supplier, then, under certain conditions (export certificates), you can re-claim the contributions from Recupel. See declaration.
Reimbursement of the contributions also applies in the following cases:
- upon sale with foreign VAT;
- upon taking back defective goods;
- upon assembly or installation in new products (e.g. screens, control tables, ...).
If you would like reimbursement of your Recupel contributions, then you must first enter into an affiliation agreement. This agreement contains the general conditions for the reimbursement of your Recupel contributions.
Important: Recupel contributions are divided into two categories: all-in contribution and administrative contribution.
The all-in contribution applies to all household electro-appliances. It defrays the cost of collecting, sorting, transporting and processing the appliances that are brought back to the container park or to the shop at the time of purchase of a new similar appliance. A part of the contribution also goes towards Recupel’s operations and communication (reporting, monitoring companies, ...).
For all professional appliances, an administrative contribution is charged when the appliance is brought onto the market. This contribution covers reporting and administrative costs. You cannot re-claim this administrative contribution.
On the declaration form, you declare for which goods (category and number) you are requesting reimbursement. Note: reimbursement is only possible for appliances with an all-in contribution.
In principle, the importer or manufacturer submits all requests. If the importer has mandated one or more foreign suppliers to fulfil his declaration obligation, then only these foreign suppliers can receive reimbursement of Recupel contributions.
Note: Recupel may well monitor the correctness of the declarations.
The request to Recupel for reimbursement of Recupel contributions can be made by means of a monthly, quarterly or annual declaration. The declaration can be submitted electronically.
You submit your declaration by means of the electronic declaration form. After entering your username and password, you fill in the electronic form.
When invoicing, Recupel makes a net-settlement of the Recupel contributions to be paid and the reimbursement of Recupel contributions.
If you would like more information about this, consult the FAQ, or contact us at: 0800 40 386 (free of charge) or via the online contact form.