11. Do I have to use my collector’s bags or containers?
Your collector can give you a solution adapted to your needs.
Each container used must be clearly identifiable by colour, logo, inscription or other relevant markings indicating that it belongs to your registered collector.
12. Is there a threshold amount that I should not sort?
No, there is no threshold amount in which mandatory waste fractions do not need to be sorted.
13. Can I have several solutions for my different waste materials?
Yes, you can use several solutions (collectors or container park or treatment facility) for your different waste fractions.
In this case, you will have to prove that your different waste fractions have been collected or treated correctly (see question 3).
14. Can I drop off my waste directly at a container yard or processing facility?
Yes, you can bring your waste, either directly or via a registered waste carrier, to a container park or authorized waste treatment facility.
In this case, you will have to prove that your waste has been treated properly (see question 3).
15. What happens if I don’t comply with these regulations?
A report may be drawn up by a municipal inspector, a Brussels Environment inspector or the police. An administrative fine of 50 to 62.500 EUR may be issued.
16. How long do I need to keep the documents?
You must keep your documents for 5 years.
17. What is the legal basis for these requirements?
Order of 14/06/2012 relating to waste, modified by the Order of 18/12/2015 relating to the first part of the tax reform.
Decree of 01/12/2016 of the Brussels-Capital Region Government on waste management.
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.