18. Do I need to rinse off packaging before putting it in the blue bag?
It is not necessary to wash or rinse packaging. However, they must be completely empty. Once you have fully used up a product, you can then sort your packaging without having to clean it.
19. Should caps be left on plastic bottles and containers?
Yes, they should be left on. Plastic caps are recycled with bottles and containers.
20. Why are containers that have previously contained toxic substances prohibited?
Packaging that has contained toxic substances (e.g. paints, pesticides, insecticides) can be dangerous to humans. Consequently, they must be treated in a special way.
This packaging is considered “hazardous waste” and must be taken back by an approved collector.
21. What is the meaning of the Point Vert logo?
The Point Vert (Green Dot) logo is not a sorting instruction and therefore does not indicate that the container can be discarded in the PMD bag. The logo only means that the company that markets the product contributes to the financing of the selective collection and recycling system. It also does not mean that the packaging on which it is printed can be recycled or is made of recycled material.
If you want to know if your packaging qualifies as a PMD, it is best to consult the sorting rules for PMDs.
22. What do the numbers in the triangle on plastic packaging refer to?
The numbers in the triangle refer to the type of plastic the product is made of. However, the number does not indicate whether or not the package is considered to be PMD. Packages with the same number and thus consisting of the same type of plastic are not always treated or recycled in the same way. There are different plastic thicknesses and qualities that cannot always be recycled together. If you want to know if your packaging qualifies as a PMD, it is best to consult the sorting rules for PMDs.
23. Can my blue PMD bag be refused? And what should I do in this case?
Collectors have the specific task of visually checking the deposited PMD bags. If they contain non-compliant waste, they do not collect it. Instead, the collectors place a red rejection sticker on the bag. You must then remove the items that have not been sorted properly from the bag and put your bag back outside at the next collection. There is a similar procedure for paper-cardboard. Failure to retrieve a refused bag is punishable by a fine for improper deposit.
24. Why are only glass bottles, jars and containers collected, and no other types of glass?
Other types of glass have a different chemical composition from glass in bottles, jars and containers and cannot be mixed with them. These include high-temperature resistant glass (oven-safe glass), opaline, crystal, windows and mirrors. These types of glass require a higher temperature to melt.
25. Why not other materials such as porcelain and ceramics with glass waste?
The melting temperature of materials such as porcelain and earthenware, stoneware bottles and jugs, heat-resistant dishes, etc. is higher than that of glass. As a result, unmelted fragments may end up in recycled bottles and greatly reduce their strength.
26. Why can’t we put energy-saving light bulbs and neon tubes in with glass?
These light bulbs and tubes contain chemicals that can be dangerous during treatment. They are part of household chemical waste and have to be collected by your collector or brought to a collection facility (Recupel), separately from the other waste materials.
27. Can we put lids and caps in with glass? What about labels?
Bottle or jar lids and caps are made from a wide variety of materials (plastic, metal, cork, etc.). These disrupt the recycling process of pure glass and should therefore be removed. In contrast, labels automatically disappear during the processing procedure and therefore do not pose any problems.