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  • How much is the waste management fee and how does it work?

    Here you can find the 2023 rates list. Every year before 1 December, the OPEN Foundation publishes the rates of the various product categories for the next year.

    If your annual invoice exceeds € 1200, you must pay a monthly advance. This depends on the expected Put-On-Market (POM) of a year. At the beginning of each new calendar year you are supposed to submit a declaration, which means that at the beginning of 2023 you can report on 2022. Subsequently, a settlement takes place. This advance is necessary to be able to organise the collection, transport, sorting and processing of WEEE during the year.

    The waste management levy creates a so-called level playing field. The rates are fixed, there are no discounts.

  • How does the scheme work in practice?

    The Basics
    Metal recyclers can participate if their permit allows them to collect e-waste and if they meet the requirements of the MRF Hallmark or comparable.
    Those companies can register with the OPEN Foundation and sign a contract with Stichting OPEN.

    Handing over and payments
    The collecting metal recyclers keep the e-waste separated and they deliver the material to the CENELEC processor participating in the scheme. These are listed on the website of Stichting OPEN.
    The processor reports the received weight of e-waste to Stichting OPEN.
    Stichting OPEN pays € 125 per ton to the metal recycler that handed over the material.


  • Product and tariff list 2023

    These can be downloaded here.

  • Which metal recyclers participate?

    Auto- en Scheepssloperij Treffers BV, Hendrik Figeeweg 35 in Haarlem

    Bossche IJzer- en Metaalhandel Van Erp BV, Ketelaarskampweg 46 in ‘s-Hertogenbosch

    Collin BV, James Cookweg 8 in Venlo

    Coolrec Nederland BV, Grevelingenweg 3 te Dordrecht

    De Graaf Metaal B.V., Hertzstraat 10 in Purmerend

    Emmer Schroot- en Metaalhandel B.V., Albatrosstraat 2 in Emmen

    Gebroeders Jansen Ijzer en Metaalhandel B.V., Coevorderkanaal 9-A in Coevorden

    Heinhuis IJzer & Metaalrecycling BV, Ballastweg 10 in Eibergen

    Helmondse Schroothandel BV, Deurneseweg 1 in Helmond

    Helmondse Schroothandel Waalwijk BV, Industrieweg 57 in Waalwijk

    HKS Scrap Metals B.V., Kwadrantweg 72 in Amsterdam

    HKS Scrap Metals B.V., Sportlaan 50 in Eindhoven

    HKS Scrap Metals B.V., Oude Boekeloseweg 38 in Hengelo

    HKS Scrap Metals B.V., Kleverskerkseweg 65 in Middelburg

    HKS Scrap Metals B.V., Graanweg 18 in Moerdijk

    HKS Scrap Metals B.V., Nijverheidsweg 72 in Nijmegen

    HKS Scrap Metals B.V., De Kalkovens 30 in Zwartsluis

    Holland Recycling, Schouwrooij 8 in Boxtel

    Hoogeveense Metaal Recycling B.V., Fokkerstraat 4 in Hoogeveen

    Huiskes Boer Metaal BV, Scottweg 17 in Goes

    Huiskes Metaal BV, Veerweg 9 in Waalwijk

    J. Helmond & Zn Metaalhandel, Rijksstraatweg 53C in Culemborg

    J.J. Vos & Zn, Rijksweg 17 in Den Helder

    Jacomij Electronics Recycling B.V., Molenvliet 25 in Wijk bij Duurstede

    Korlaar BV, Nijverheidsweg 5 in SOEST

    Krommenhoek Metals b.v., Linschotenstraat 21 in Rotterdam

    Metaalhandel W. Ketting & Zn BV, Bakkersoordsekade 4-16 Havennummer 2918 in Pernis

    Mirec B.V., Hastelweg 251 in Eindhoven

    Nannings Metaalhandel B.V., Kernweg 24 in Hoorn

    Nehlsen Metaal Recycling Nederland B.V., Gdanskweg 45 in Groningen

    Noord Nederlandse Schrootverwerking, Oostelijke Industrieweg 23 in Franeker

    P. Knobel BV, Vaartkant 1a in ROOSENDAAL

    PreZero Scheemda – (voorheen Virol), Dollardweg 1 in Midwolda

    Prometaal, Westkanaaldijk 20 in Maarssen

    Raak Metals BV, Ledeboerstraat 62 in Tilburg

    RD Metals BV, Planckstraat 63 in Dordrecht

    Regelink Schroothandel, Haatlandhaven 4 in Kampen

    Riwald BV, Buitenhaven Oostzijde 2 in Almelo

    Simmeren Schroot BV, Winschoterweg 1a in Groningen

    Springers De Roeck Recycling BV, Kruisbaken 14 in Zaandam

    Steenhuis Recycling BV, Renselweg 1a in Winschoten

    Stolwerk Metaal B.V., Valveeken 5 in Breda

    Van der Meulen Metaal B.V., Einsteinweg 16 in Leeuwarden

    Van Gerrevink BV, Sint-Maarten 2 in Apeldoorn

    Van Leeuwen Papier- en Metaalhandel BV, De Hooge Krocht 155 in Noordwijk

    Van Leeuwen Recycling Groep, Doklaan 22 in Rotterdam

    Van Munster Recyclers, Keltenweg 40 in Oss

    Van Pelt Recycling B.V., Klompenmakerstraat 10 in Ridderkerk

  • Who can participate in the scheme?

    Metal recyclers who are members of the MRF and who are allowed to collect e-waste according to their permit. Companies that are not members of the MRF may also participate, however, in that case they must be able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the MRF Quality Mark (www.mrf.nl/keurmerk). For this purpose, you can contact one of the certifying organisations listed on the MRF site, which will check whether your company meets the requirements. You can then immediately start delivering e-waste to any of the participating CENELEC processors. After a successful audit by the certifying organisation, you will receive a retrospective payment of the fee. The participating certification organisations are published on the MRF website, where you will also find information on the MRF Quality Mark. Alternatively, ISO9001 and ISO14001 are allowed provided that the provisions of chapter 4.6 of the MRF Quality Mark (WEEE) are included in the scope. Another alternative is the NEN standard NVN-CLC/TS 50625-4.

  • Why this Incentive Scheme?

    It is in the interest of a sustainable and circular society that e-waste is properly processed after use. This goal can only be achieved if metal recyclers hand over the collected e-waste for processing to electronics processors with a CENELEC certificate. The cooperation of metal recyclers is therefore crucial, which is why this E-waste Incentive Scheme was created. With this, collectors are financially rewarded for every ton of e-waste that is properly delivered to a processor.


  • Can I return small quantities of waste appliances?

    For small quantities, there are two options:


    Wecycle collection bins are located at 100 (technical) wholesalers for small quantities of discarded small electrical appliances and energy-efficient light bulbs. Luminaires can be handed in free of charge when purchasing a new product. You can find the nearest drop-off point on the WecycleFinder.

    Your own municipality

    In many municipalities, you can dispose of up to seven packages at a time free of charge at the recycling centre.

  • How can I dispose of large quantities of discarded appliances?

    For large quantities of discarded appliances, lamps and fixtures, we make collection equipment available free of charge and collect and dispose of them free of charge. In the questions below (How can I dispose of small amounts of e-waste and How can I dispose of large amounts of e-waste) you can see which collection means there are and what the conditions are for this.  When these are full, you can register them via our digital portal: MyOPEN (see the button at the top right).

    This also applies to solar panels. Since 1 March 2021, all producers and importers of solar panels are obliged to join the OPEN foundation. The OPEN Foundation is responsible for the collection and recycling of solar panels and all associated activities. If you are an installer or dismantling company and you want to offer solar panels for recycling, you can register via the registration form on MyOPEN, the matching collection will be arranged for you.

    Distribution centre
    Is your installation company part of a chain with its own distribution centre? Then you can hand in discarded lamps and luminaires through your own return logistics. We will collect them from the distribution centre.



  • Product and tariff list 2022

    These can be downloaded here.

  • As a foreign producer, do I need to appoint an authorised representative?

    A foreign producer who puts electrical or electronic equipment on the Dutch market can directly join the OPEN Foundation without having to appoint an authorized representative. As of the 1st of  March the OPEN Foundation is in of the producer responsibility for all producers (foreign producers as well) in the Netherlands. With its generally binding waste management fee agreement the OPEN Foundation actually fulfils the purpose of the Authorised Representative role and therefore it is in the opinion of the OPEN Foundation not necessary and less efficient to appoint an Authorised Representative

    Foreign producers that meet the obligations from the waste management fee agreement of the OPEN Foundation can be handed a compliance statement which they can hand over to their own country to show that they act in accordance with the Dutch legislation on producer responsibility for electrical and electronic equipment. For more information on the way the OPEN foundation handles the Authorised Representative, read our statement.

    Of course, a foreign producer is free to appoint an Authorised Representative, but in the opinion of the OPEN Foundation this is not necessary.

  • I would like to join the OPEN Foundation, how do I do that?

    Welcome! You can sign up through our portal MyOpen. A button is located at the top right of this site. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

  • How do I apply for my reimbursement?

    OPEN Foundation supports petting zoos with an annual sponsorship of €250. When placing the first order in the year in question, you will automatically receive a proposal by e-mail with an amount of €250 that you may invoice to us. Upon receipt of this email, please send an invoice for €250, formatted as a pdf, to invoice_wecycle@wecycle.nl.

  • Can my petting zoo get Jekkos?

    Jekko is the practical home collection box in which you can easily collect discarded small electrical appliances, energy-efficient light bulbs and batteries. Each partner farm can order free Jekkos for their visitors via MyOPEN.

  • Where can I get information about the combined collection unit for small appliances, clothing and grease?

    This combined collection unit is located at the petting zoos in The Hague and Rotterdam and is paid for by the municipalities. Petting zoos that have questions about this can contact Hans de Rijk at info@kinderboerderijenactief.nl.

  • Which recyclers does the OPEN Foundation work with?

    The OPEN Foundation only works with CENELEC certified parties. This currently concerns the following parties that carry out mechanical processing activities for the OPEN Foundation in the Netherlands: Statice, Mirec, Riwald, Coolrec, Huiskes Metaal, HKS Metals;

    In Germany:
    Remondis, Stena, Enviprotect

    and in Belgium:
    Indaver, Recydel and BNE.

    In addition, the OPEN Foundation works with a large number of parties that provide manual dismantling and are CENELEC certified for this purpose.

  • I am a recycler, can I collaborate?

    Yes, if you are a processor that meets all legal requirements. E-waste may only be processed by CENELEC certified companies in the Netherlands. This certification means that you demonstrably work according to the uniform rules for collection, transport, processing and storage of waste electrical appliances. This also gives you the obligation to accurately record and report how much e-waste comes in and is processed. It also imposes an obligation to demonstrate where materials go and what recycling result you achieve (material recycling and useful application). As a processor you are legally responsible to be able to demonstrate this.

  • I am already a member of the OPEN Foundation, where can I log in?

    You see the myOpen button on this site. Here you will find all the important information for a good collaboration.

  • Can I also offer solar panels?

    Since March 1, 2021, all producers and importers of solar panels are required to join the OPEN foundation. The OPEN foundation takes care of the collection and recycling of solar panels and all activities that go with it. If you are an installer or dismantling company and want to offer solar panels for recycling, you can register via the MyOPEN button on the homepage of this site.

  • Can I receive collection equipment at a project site?

    We can be of service to you at a project location where many lamps and/or luminaires are released in a short period of time. We would like to ask you to register first via the MyOPEN button at the top right of this website. Once you have done this, you can request collection resources that match the nature and scope of the project. We will then contact you to make an appointment. There is always a minimum amount you can apply for at a time. We would like to ask you to keep details of dimensions/numbers of fixtures ready. The removal and recycling by us is free of charge.

    If you have smaller quantities of e-waste please see the question and answer below.

  • What are my obligations as a physical and/or online store?

    Every store has the following legal obligations:

    Physical stores

    If your customer buys an electrical appliance or energy-efficient lamp, you are required to take in a similar product. This is called the “old-for-new” rule. This obligation applies to both physical stores and online stores.

    Your store is obliged to clearly communicate the ‘old-for-new’ regulation to the customers. We help our collection partners with this by providing a free vignette, which can be downloaded from MyOPEN.

    If your store has a sales area for electrical appliances of more than 400m2, you are obliged to accept all discarded small electrical appliances, even if your customer does not make a purchase. A small appliance will fit in a normal shopping bag.

    Online stores

    If your customer buys an electrical appliance or energy-efficient lamp, you are required to take a similar product. This is called the ‘old-for-new’ rule.

    Your store is required to clearly communicate the ‘old-for-new’ regulation to your customers before completing the payment process on the website

  • Is my shop a Wecycle collection point?

    We work together with 13,000 collection points. Shops that collect appliances and light bulbs without the customer having to make a purchase are listed on the WecycleZoeker.

  • How much is the compensation of cost for returned electrical appliances?

    We offer recycling shops a compensation of cost (excl. VAT) based on the quantity/type of appliances offered:

    • Large white goods appliances and cooling/freezing appliances
      €6 per appliance
    • Small Electrical and ICT Devices
      €2 per full box
      €1 per other device that does not fit in the box for small electrical and ICT devices
    • CRT TVs and monitors
      €4 per device
    • Flat screen televisions and monitors
      € 3 per device

    Shops that provide electrical appliances sorted into five fractions (as specified above) on a large scale (in containers) from a distribution centre receive a cost compensation of EUR 140 per tonne.

  • We have discarded appliances, can I collect them and have them disposed by you?

    Please contact the OPEN Foundation, Operations department, to discuss the possibilities.

  • What are my obligations as a thrift shop?

    Physical and online shops have legal obligations concerning waste appliances, but these do not apply to thrift shops.

    Also electrical appliances that have been given a second life through the thrift shop will be disposed of one day. Are you a recycling company? Then you can also work with us. We provide you and your customers the certainty that (small) electrical appliances are managed in a responsible way, also during the disposal phase.

  • Where do I see reporting on collection quantities and fees?

    MyOPEN is our portal for our (municipal) partners. You’ll see the login button at the top right of this site.

  • How can I apply SROI?

    We support social return on investment (SROI) in various ways. In our Service Centers people with a distance to the labor market work. They sort and disassemble electrical appliances. We also work together with some 200 (municipal) recycling companies. These often employ people with a distance to the labor market. Is your municipality interested in social return and does it have sufficient scale in discarded appliances? Please contact us, we would like to discuss the possibilities with you.

  • Where can I find out more about education?

    Hundreds of schools and BSOs receive our fun and educational teaching materials on e-waste each year. Schools and other interested parties can find more information at Wecycle.

  • How do I get a Jekko?

    Do you want to deploy Jekkos? Nice to hear. We would like to ask you to order via the MyOPEN-button. There you can also read the conditions. The most important condition is that Jekkos that are distributed randomly or door-to-door are not free of charge.

  • Do you have solutions for public lighting?

    Yes, to ensure that luminaires do not end up in the scrap yard, we offer several solutions. These are supported by a collection fee. Please contact us for this.

  • I put electrical appliances on the market, do I need to join?

    Yes, if you are a producer or importer and you put an electrical or electronic device on the Dutch market for the first time. From 1 March 2021, the producer responsibility is being directed by the OPEN Foundation. All producers of electrical and electronic devices must, as of that date, fulfil their legal obligations through the OPEN Foundation. This page explains when you are responsible as a producer and/or importer, which appliances are covered by the WEEE regulation and more about the legislation. If this is compulsory for you, we will welcome you at the OPEN Foundation. The waste management-fee agreement is available if you should like to read through it. You can join via the MyOPEN-button on this site.

  • How is the waste-management fee structured?

    The so-called waste-management levy is an amount that each producer and importer of electrical and electronic devices must pay to Stichting OPEN. It is based on the amount of electrical and electronic appliances that a producer and/or importer puts on the market on a yearly basis.

    The waste-management contribution is made up of operational costs, system costs and a fixed contribution. The operational costs include the costs of collection, transport, sorting and processing of waste electrical and electronic appliances. The system costs include the costs of organisation, communication, research, controls and audits, etc. The fixed contribution consists of a fixed amount per producer or importer for costs not included in the operational costs or system costs, such as the contribution to the National (W)EEE Register (NWR). For reporting year 2022/2023, the contribution to the National (W)EEE Register amounts to EUR 75. The OPEN Foundation charges these costs directly as a fixed amount to the producers and/or importers of electrical and electronic appliances and pays this amount one-to-one to the National (W)EEE Register.

  • Are lamps covered by the scheme?

    Yes, energy-efficient light bulbs are covered. Producer responsibility for lamps lies with LightRec for two more years. Luminaires fall under the OPEN Foundation. On 1 January 2023 also light bulbs fall under OPEN. LightRec and the OPEN Foundation work together on the implementation. Registration with the OPEN Foundation and for LightRec is possible through the MyOPEN-button on this site.

  • I am already a member of the OPEN Foundation, where can I log in to submit a report?

    We will notify you when it is time to submit your report. Of course, you are welcome to visit the portal in the meantime. You will also find relevant news here. The MyOpen button is displayed on this site. You will find all your invoices here, for example.

  • How do I know what is a large or small electrical appliance?

    In legislation, our price list and in the reporting screen, you will notice that there is a distinction between large and small electrical appliances. The following applies here:
    The classification is determined by considering the outside dimensions, i.e. the length, width or height of the product.

    Large equipment is > 50 cm.
    If all sizes are less than or equal to 50 cm, this comes under the category of Small appliances.

    This classification does not apply to luminaires. Light fittings are distinguished on the basis of weight (> 750 grams or ≤ 750 grams). Both classifications can be found in the 2021 product and price list.
    When determining the size of your device, do not include the length of the cable. If your company sells loose cables (with or without a plug), you must measure the size of the rolled-up cable. For further explanation see the document ‘Determining device dimensions’.

  • How does LightRec’s export-refund scheme for lamps work?

    Lamps are excluded from the Export refund scheme because a separate general binding declaration applies to lamps until 1 January 2023 and this product category comes under the responsibility of Stichting LightRec Nederland until that time. A separate refund scheme applies to lamps, called the export-refund scheme. Do you and/or your customers also export lamps? Take a look at the export-refund scheme here.

  • How does the export refund scheme work?

    In case customers of Dutch producers and importers that are members of OPEN buy EEE and subsequently export such EEE, while a waste-management fee on this EEE has been or is being paid to OPEN through the Dutch producer/importer, this situation refers to an unjustified levy. This EEE will most likely not end up in the waste phase in the Netherlands after the end of its life cycle. As a result, no costs are incurred for collection and appropriate processing. In that case, a partial refund of the waste-management levy (export refund) may be made.

    Qualifying manufacturers can apply for the Export Refund Scheme at any time of the year. The Export Refund Scheme can be used to declare, every six months, the EEE effectively exported during the previous six months. For more information on the Export Refund Scheme click here. Make sure that you meet the conditions. For the Control Protocol click here. You can register with the Producers Services department via e-mail.

  • How / when do I use the WEEE mark (crossed-out wheelie bin)?

    The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) mark, a crossed-out wheelie bin, indicates that the product should not be disposed of as unsorted waste but collected separately for recovery and recycling. The WEEE mark has to be affixed to all electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market in the EU together with your identification mark, such as a brand name or trademark. If the product was put on the market after 13 August 2015, you can put a bar under the crossed-out wheelie bin or indicate the date when the product was put on the market.

    The markings must be printed on the product itself and must be visible, legible and indelible. The marking may only be affixed to the packaging, the instructions for use or the guarantee certificate, instead of to the product itself, if the product is too small or its operation would be impaired by the marking.

  • As a foreign producer, do I need to appoint an authorised representative?

    A foreign producer who puts electrical or electronic appliances on the market in the Netherlands can assign an authorised representative. Under Dutch law, the foreign manufacturer is not obliged to do so. A foreign producer can join the OPEN Foundation without an authorised representative. The OPEN Foundation advises foreign producers to first check the regulations of the country where he is established to make sure that affiliation without an authorised representative is allowed.

  • Can I, as a foreign manufacturer, take over my distributor’s declaration obligation?

    How to perform producer responsibility in the distribution of electrical and/or electronic equipment of a foreign manufacturer.

    Manufacturers and/or importers (the Producers) of electrical and electronic equipment (the Equipment) have producer responsibility for the Equipment they place on the Dutch market. This responsibility applies to the Equipment covered by the scope of the Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulation (WEEE Regulation).

    A Producer performs producer responsibility by joining the OPEN Foundation. Pursuant to the WEEE Regulation, the Producer is the party who puts equipment on the Dutch market for the first time.

    In the Netherlands, this producer responsibility also applies to importers who purchase equipment from a foreign manufacturer and then distribute this equipment for use on the Dutch market. The foreign manufacturer does not have the option of adopting manufacturer’s responsibility for its equipment from the distributor. This is evident from an extensive statement of considerations on this subject from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (the Foreign Manufacturer Considerations).

    The ‘Foreign Manufacturer Considerations’ is at odds with how many European Member States deal with the compulsory declaration of equipment by foreign producers and distributors. In various Member States, foreign producers can declare the equipment supplied to distributors, and consequently relieve the distributors. In the Netherlands, before the universally binding declaration of the waste-management fee agreement of the OPEN Foundation (AVV EEA) came into effect, this was also (largely unconsciously) common practice with various producer collectives.
    It would be unmanageable for the foreign producers who used to declare equipment in the Netherlands in this way, if they had to revise and change their administration from 1 March 2021.

    With respect to this, the OPEN Foundation has decided, based on its central directive role, to continue the current practice in this transition year in which the performance of producer responsibility has changed drastically for Producers.
    This means that foreign producers can make a declaration for 2021 with regard to their distributors. In order to avoid duplications, the OPEN Foundation asks foreign producers for additional information on their distributors. Foreign producers must moreover provide their distributors with accurate information.

    The OPEN Foundation has asked the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to also apply the current practice in 2022. The OPEN Foundation aims to link up with European practice and to change the ‘Foreign Manufacturer Considerations’ to be in line with common practice. A change to the ‘Foreign Manufacturer Considerations’ moreover contributes to further harmonisation of producer responsibility within Europe. This will make it easier for producers, who are engaged in the markets of various Member States, to perform their producer responsibility.

    Producers, importers or distributors can register here. If you wish to register as a foreign producer and submit a declaration on behalf of a distributor, please contact the distributor first in order to avoid duplicate registrations as much as possible.

    If you have questions about the producer responsibility distributor please contact us.

  • How can I arrange my producer responsibility in other EU Member States?

    If your company is on the market in several European countries, you can choose to place the producer responsibility with one party, such as WEEE Europe or Weee Nederland. They will arrange contracts with the various European collection systems, and you can centralise your reporting for the whole of Europe through an online portal.

    WEEE Europe is a joint venture of several European collectives, including the OPEN Foundation. The company is based in Germany and is a one-stop-shop for companies that are on the market in several European countries. WEEE Europe provides the following services, including:

    • Organising the contracts with the various European collection systems.
    • An online portal in which centralised reporting for the whole of Europe can take place.

    For further information, please visit the WEEE Europe website or contact Producers Services of the OPEN Foundation by e-mail.

  • Can I apply for a waiver of the OPEN Foundation’s GTC?

    Yes, this is possible if a company believes that it can adequately arrange the collection and recycling of its products itself, it can submit to the Minister a reasoned and substantiated request for exemption from the AVV. Here you will find more information about this procedure.

  • I receive mail from Afvalbeheerstuctuur AEEA B.V.(AEEA B.V.). Is that you?

    Yes, for the contracting of the waste management structure at Stichting OPEN has established a purchasing organization called Waste Management Structure WEEE B.V. (AEEA B.V.). AEEA B.V. is a 100% subsidiary of Stichting OPEN and takes care of the contracting and invoicing.