Valumat, the management body for extended manufacturer responsibility for mattresses
How much will the environmental contributions be in 2021?

How much will the environmental contributions be in 2021?

When you join Valumat, you pay an annual environmental contribution.

The general meeting of Valumat has set the following contributions for 2021:

  excluding VAT including VAT

Baby mattresses*

€ 3.51

€ 4.25

Mattresses and toppers** ≤ 120 cm

€ 7.02

€ 8.50

Mattresses and toppers** > 120 cm

€ 14.05

€ 17.00

* Baby mattresses: mattresses with a dimension of maximum 70 x 140 centimetres.
** Mattresses: products intended for sleeping and resting, suitable for use by humans for a long period of time, consisting of a strong cover, filled with core materials, and which can be placed on an existing supportive bed structure, as well as toppers which are placed on a mattress. A topper (also called a mattress cover or top-mattress) is a thin mattress (10 centimetres thick maximum) that is placed on top of the normal mattress.

The take-back obligation for mattresses is not applicable to boxsprings, sofa’s,…

Comments on environmental contributions

  • The contributions are calculated in such a way that the revenue covers the expected expenditure.
  • The Valumat contribution only applies to quantities which come onto the Belgian market. Mattresses that are exported do NOT fall under the Valumat system.
  • A VAT percentage of 21% is applicable to the Valumat tariffs.
  • The contributions may vary over time, depending on the development of costs.
  • The general meeting of Valumat sets contributions annually. The intention is always to inform participants as soon as possible about any changes.

Calculation of environmental contributions

From 1 January 2021, the participants in the Valumat system pass on the fixed Valumat contribution to their customers. In invoices between professionals (with VAT number, B2B), the contribution must be specified on the invoice. This can be by means of a text line (including environmental contributions) or by explicitly stating the amount of the environmental contributions.
For sales to consumers (B2C), it is not necessary to specify this amount on the invoice or receipt, but it is allowed. The consumer can be informed via other means of communication (e.g. posters, price labels in the shop, mention in advertising brochures, etc.) that his total price includes the recycling fee.

B2B invoicing options:

  • per invoiced item, stating the amount
  • grouped stating (total) amount
  • per invoiced item or grouped stating "environmental contributions included"

What are the environmental contributions used for?

An important part of the contributions serves to compensate the costs of the use of the recycling centres, transport and processing of discarded mattresses. Valumat reimburses final sellers for voluntary collection and the professional market for collection through an homologated collector.
In addition to the operating costs, Valumat also provides a budget for research and development towards an easily dismantleable and recyclable mattress.

What are the environmental contributions used for?
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