In 2022, the Netherlands collected more than 4.4 million kilos of batteries and bicycle batteries
Together with our partners, we worked hard to collect as many discarded batteries and bicycle batteries as possible in 2022. A total of 4.4 million kilos were handed in at the more than 27 thousand drop-off points. The recently published Stichting Stibat Services annual report 2022 shows this.
Collection rate split
Now more than ever, we think it is important to split the collection rate. This provides us with a more accurate overview of the results we have achieved. The statutory collection rate calculation method does not take the increased lifespan of batteries and the annual increase in battery sales into account. If we exclude lithium, we have achieved a collection rate of no less than 56.7%. Including lithium batteries, the collection rate is only 41.4%.
The chairman explains
Iris Kieft, chairman of the board of Stichting Stibat Services, says: “Our target collection rate is actually a percentage of the average weight of batteries sold in 2022, 2021 and 2020. Out of 100 laptops that are sold, the batteries of 45 laptops – the target is 45% – should be collected within three years from the date of sale. In reality, however, these numbers are misleading as lithium batteries currently last much longer than three years. And what is not available for collection, simply cannot be collected.”
Teach them young
Children are the future and there is nothing more valuable than teaching them young. In 2022, we focused on this target group by organising a playful Battery Battle alongside our regular collection project at schools (with more than 4 thousand primary schools currently registered as collection points). As a result, we collected more than 174 thousand kilos of empty batteries in 2022 alone. That’s 100 thousand kilos more than the year before.
A positive impact on the environment
Stichting Stibat Services aims to keep the collection and logistics of batteries and accumulators, especially in densely populated areas, as environmentally friendly as possible. In 2022, our sustainable practice allowed us to avoid 2.6 million kilos of CO2 emissions and prevented the emission of 190 million kilos of toxic substances. The collection of bicycle batteries avoided 656 thousand kilos of CO2 emissions and prevented the emission of 41 million kilos of toxic substances.