Sorting and recycling your waste

What?

Sorting your paper and cardboard

Washing powder box

Boîtes de poudre à lessiver

Paper bags

Sacs en papier

Cereal box

Boîtes de céréales

Newspapers, magazines and leaflets

Journaux, magazines et dépliants

Books

Livres

Empty roll

Tube vide

Stationery and printing paper

Papier à lettre et pour imprimantes

Paper bags

Emballages en carton

Cardboard boxes

Boîtes en carton

Where?

Where can you place your paper and cardboard waste?

  • In the yellow commercial bag
  • In the yellow container (apartment buildings).
    Paper and cardboard items must be placed loose in the container.
  • In our Recypark
    • Free up to 3m3 per visit and per day
    • €121 incl. VAT above 3 m3
To haul your professional waste to the container park, your company must be registered with Bruxelles Environnement as a waste hauler.

How?

A few rules

  • Your paper and cardboard items must be clean and dry.
  • Any cardboard item that does not fit into the yellow bag must be folded and firmly tied.
  • Newspapers can be piled. They must then be tied.
  • Do not throw away advertising leaflets and magazines with their plastic wrapping (throw the wrapping in th blue bag or in the blue container).
  • Your bag may not exceed 15 kg.

We also encourage you to download our sorting memo and to fix where it can easily be seen (fridge door ...)..

What?

What constitutes PMD ?

Plastic packaging (P)

Lemonade, water, milk, juices,yogurts, bath products, liquid cleaning products, trays and raviers, jars and tubes, bags and small bags, films, flower pots, etc.

Limonade, eau, lait, jus, yaourts, produits de bains, produits de lessive, barquettes et raviers, pots et tubes, films plastiques, sacs et sachets, pots de fleurs, etc

Metal packaging (M)

Cans, tins, metallic lids and caps from glass jars and bottles, boxes and containers, aluminium dishes, punnets and trays, food and cosmetics aerosols, deodorants,etc.

Cannettes, boîtes de conserve, couvercles et bouchons métalliques de bocaux et bouteilles, boîtes et bidons, plats, raviers et barquettes en aluminium, aérosols, désodorisants, etc.

Drink cartons (D)

Fruit juices, soup, milk, cream,etc;

Jus de fruits, soupe, lait, crème fraîche, etc.

Where?

Where can you place your PMD ?

  • In the blue bag
  • In the blue container (apartment buildings).
    PMD must be placed loose in the container.
  • In our Recypark
    • Free up to 3m3 per visit and per day
    • €121 incl. VAT above 3 m3
To haul your professional waste to the container park, your company must be registered with Bruxelles Environnement as a waste haulier.

How?

A few rules

To deposit

  • Household PMD packaging with a volume 8 liters≤ 8l
  • Well emptied, drained or scraped
  • Flattened and closed with their cap
  • Remove the plastic film from the tray and discard both separately in the bag

Not to deposit

  • Packaging with childproof caps
  • Packaging with at least one of the following pictograms :
    Picto dangereux
    Picto toxique
  •  
  • Motor oil and pesticide packaging, silicone tubes
  • Expanded polystyrene
  • Packaging holding more than 8l
  • Packaging made of a combination of materials (e.g. plastic film layer + aluminium film layer) which cannot be separated, like some drink, fruit purée or wet pet food pouches etc.

We also encourage you to download our sorting memo and to fix where it can easily be seen (fridge door ...).

Food waste represents about 40% of your white bag. Sorting them allows for green energy recovery and production of compost

What?

What do we call food waste ?

Food leftovers (including meat and fish)

Reste de repas

Vegetables and fruit peelings

Epluchures de fruits et de légumes

Coffee grounds

Marc de café

Tea bags

Sachet de thé

Paper towels

Papiers essuie-tout

Handkerchiefs ans paper napkins

Mouchoirs et serviettes en papier

Expired food (without packaging)

Aliment périmé

Where?

Where to put your food waste ?

Concerning the small orange 25 L containers for food waste: you must use orange PRO bags exclusively sold by the Agency. The food waste bags must always be well tied in the orange container. Our collection teams will take away your orange bags and leave the small orange containers on the sidewalk so that you can reuse them the next time you have to put out your container.

For the large 140 L and 240 L containers: you can put your food waste in bulk in the orange containers that were provided to you as part of your commercial contract with the Agency. However, for reasons of hygiene and cleanliness, we recommend that you place your food waste in a garbage bag before throwing it into the orange container. The bags must either be orange bags from Bruxelles-Propreté or clear, colorless bags. If you use opaque bags, they will be considered non-compliant for organic collection.

Conteneur orange 240L

 

How?

Some rules to abide by

Do not put in your orange bag or container :

  • Bones, carcasses, bones

  • Eggshells, walnut shells, oyster shells, mussel shells...

  • Pits

  • Garden waste

  • Litter, even biodegradable

  • Wood ashes

  • Nappies

  • Compostable/biodegradable packaging packaging

  • Liquid food waste (sauces, oils, leftover soup...)

Other

Alternatives

Alternatives exist to recover your food waste.

Please visit our website- dedicated to this purpose.

 

We also encourage you to download our sorting memo and to fix where it can easily be seen (fridge door ...)..

Since Monday, June 8, 2020, the Bruxelles-Propreté teams will only collect the regulatory biodegradable green bags.

What?

What constitutes garden waste?

Branches

Branchages

Dead leaves

Feuilles mortes

Withered flowers

Fleurs fanées

Weeds

Mauvaises herbes

Plants

Plantes

Hedge and shrubs trimmings

Tailles de haies et d'arbustes

Grass cuttings

Tontes de pelouse

The following is not considered garden waste: soil, sand, animal waste, stones, gravel, canvas, fences, posts, cement or plastic hedging, slabs, tree stumps and trunks..

Where?

Where can you place your garden waste ?

  • Specific collection by Bruxelles-Propreté (quote)*
  • In green bags (available in supermarkets and DIY stores)
  • In containers
  • In our Recypark
    Rates : €90.75 incl. VAT per visit and per day
  • * Contact Bruxelles-Propreté PRO by e-mail pro@arp-gan.be or on 0800/981.81.

The following is not considered garden waste: soil, sand, animal waste, stones, gravel, canvas, fences, posts, cement or plastic hedging, slabs, tree stumps and trunks.

Other

We also encourage you to download our sorting memo and to fix where it can easily be seen (fridge door ...)..

Where?

Where can you place your Christmas tree?

  • On the pavement, the day you take out your garden waste

How?

A few rules

  • Remove the pot and all the decorations.
  • You may leave the wooden stand
     

 

Your artificial tree is a bulky household item..

We also encourage you to download our sorting memo and to fix where it can easily be seen (fridge door ...)..

What?

Your clear glass bottles, jars and phials*

*Clear glass can be colourless. If it's clear, you can see through.

Colourless glass

Verres incolores

Coloured glass

Verres colorés

Your opaque* glass bottles, jars and phials, and other glass waste items

*Opaque glass can be coloured or colourless. If it's opaque, we can't see through.

Colourless glass

Verres incolores

Coloured glass

Verres colorés

Where?

Where can you deposit your transparent glasses?

  • In the botlle banks:
    • white for colourless glass
    • green for coloured glass
  • In our Recypark
    • Free up to 3m3
    • €121 incl. VAT above 3m3
  • In the green container (apartment buildings).
You can locate the bottle banks nearest to you by entering your details at this page.
Bring your returnable bottle back to the stop. They are worth some money.

 

Where to deposit your non-transparent glasses? Your broken glasses?

  • In the fuschia bag (for small waste item).
  • In our Recypark (for larger waste items)
  • Only incandescent light bulbs (traditional) and halogens can be placed in the grey/black container or fuschia commercial bag. As regards energy-saving light bulbs, fluorescent tubes (neon) and LED lamps.

How?

A few rules

  • Make sure to fully empty your bottles, glass jars and phials. No need to rinse them.
  • Place metal tops, caps and lids in the blue bag or blue container
  • Place plastic tops in the white bag or grey/black container

Please be mindful of those living near the bottle banks:

  • Throw bottles, glass jars and phials only between 7:00am and 10:00pm
  • Do not place your glass waste by the bottle banks even if they are full (more than 560 bottle banks sites are at your disposal)
  • Do not leave bags or cardboard boxes around the bottle banks

Risk of heavy fines for fly-tipping

  • Broken glass items that can be placed either in the white bag or in the grey/black container must be properly wrapped to prevent that you or our teams get cut.
  • Incandescent light bulbs and halogens must also be wrapped, even they are not broken.
  • Energy-saving light bulbs, fluorescent tubes (neon) and LED lights must be brought in a plastic bag to keep them separate from other waste items.

We also encourage you to download our sorting memo and to fix where it can easily be seen (fridge door ...)..

What?

What constitutes bulky professional waste ?

Bulky professional waste is waste that is generated by your business and that cannot be collected in bags because of its nature, weight or size, and which is not attached to the building of your business (cf. construction or renovation waste).

Where?

Where can you get rid of your bulky household waste ?

  • Special home collection by Bruxelles-Propreté: €57.48/m3 incl. VAT
  • In our Recypark (bulky waste items sorted by category) : €121 incl. VAT per visit per day
  • Large electrical and electronic appliances: Ask for free removal at Recupel: www.recupel.be
  • Contact Bruxelles-Propreté PRO on  at 0800/988 77 or via pro@arp-gan.be.

How?

How can you get rid of your bulky household waste?

We also encourage you to download our sorting memo and to fix where it can easily be seen (fridge door ...)..

What?

Some examples of electrical or electronic devices

Large appliances: washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, exhaust hood, oven, cooker, fridge, freezer, etc..

Gros appareils électroménagers :machine à laver, lave-vaisselle, sèche-linge, hotte, four, cuisinière, réfrigérateur, congélateur, etc.

Small appliances: vacuum cleaner, toaster, coffee machine, hair dryer, waffle maker, mixer, etc..

Aspirateur

Multimedia devices: computer, touch pad, computer or television screen, radio, hi-fi, GSM, etc..

Appareils multimédia :ordinateur, écran d'ordinateur

Light bulbs and fixtures: compact fluorescent light bulbs ("energy-saving light bulbs"), fluorescent tubes ("energy-saving tubes"), LED lamps and incandescent light bulbs ("traditional light bulbs"), etc..

Appareils multimédia :ordinateur, tablette tactile, écran d'ordinateur ou de télévision, radio, chaine hi-fi, GSM, etc.

Floor lamp, desk lamp, chandelier, lantern, etc..

Luminaires : lampe de bureau

Where?

How can you get rid of your electrical and electronic devices?

If the device is reusable:

If the device is not reusable:

  • Return it to the shop (if you are buying a new device of the same type))
  • Bring it to one of our Recypark
  • Bring to your town's Recypark if you live in Etterbeek, Evere, Ganshoren, Auderghem, Saint-Josse, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Uccle or Watermael-Boitsfort. Find out more about the type of waste accepted in your town's Recypark.
  • Contact our home collection service for bulky items*

 

*Download the practical details. (FR)

We also encourage you to download our sorting memo and to fix where it can easily be seen (fridge door ...)..

What?

What constitutes construction or renovation waste?

Any item that is physically affixed to your home is usually considered construction or renovation material. It is however essential to distinguish between 2 types of waste.

Inert waste (like "rubble")

rubble, broken bricks, pebbles, bricks, stones

 briquaillons briques

tiling, slabs, tilessoil, sandconcrete, cement

carrelages, dalles, tuiles

gypsum boards: scrap, sheets (type Gyproc) and plastering

plâtre: chutes, plaques (de type Gyproc) et plafonnages

Other construction and renovation waste

treated and untreated wood

bois traité et non-traité

doors, frames and shutters in wood, metal or plastic

porte

gutters and pipes

gouttières / tuyaux

floor covering

revêtement de sol

hygiene items

toilette

Where?

How can you get rid of your construction or renovation waste?

  • In our Recypark
  • Using our special home collection service* (Contact Bruxelles-Propreté Pro by e-mail pro@arp-gan.be or on 0800/988 77.

Our rates are listed in the Decree of the Government for the Brussels-Capital Region, which fixes the pricing for services provided by Bruxelles-Propreté (22/12/2011). (FR/NL)

We also encourage you to download our sorting memo and to fix where it can easily be seen (fridge door ...)..

 

What?

What constitutes professional chemical waste?

Most household chemical waste can be identified by one of the following symbols on the packaging:

Pictogramme chimique attention corrosion
Pictogramme chimique point d'exclamation
Pictogramme déchet chimique attention dangereux pour l'environnement

Corrosive

Irritant

Dangerous for the environment

pictogramme chimique atenttion inflammable
Pictogramme déchet chimique attention dangereux pour la santé
Pictogramme chimique tête de mort

Flammable

Hazardous to health - long term

Toxic

Cleaning and maintenance products

Plusieurs bouteilles de produits d’entretien et de nettoyage

Garden products

Produits de jardinage

Beauty products

Produits colorants, vernis & parfums

Briquets and lighteners

Briquets

Extinguishers

Extincteur

Oils ad fats for frying

Graisse et huile de friture

Batteries and others

 

Piles et batteries

Medical products

Produits médicaux et thermomètres

Automotive products

Articles pour voitures

Coating products

Peintures, vernis et produits d’étanchéité

Printing products

Produits d’impression

Where?

Where can you get rid of your professional chemical waste ?

  • Send your list of professional chemical waste to Bruxelles-Propreté Pro by e-mail pro@arp-gan.be or fax: 02/780.28.38.
  • Bruxelles-Propreté Pro will reply with a quote for approval
  • A delivery note details the description and quantities that you have given us
  • We set an appointment to collect your waste.
  • We remove your chemical waste in accordance with the safety standard specific to this type of waste

The following is not accepted at PROXY CHIMIK and in the Recypark :

  • Asbestos waste ("Eternit")
  • Gas tanks, bottles and cartridges
  • Fireworks and other explosives
  • Laboratory products
  • Radioactive substances
  • Roofing materials
  • Professional chemical waste

To get rid of them, please contact Bruxelles Environnement on 02/775 75 75 or at https://environnement.brussels/.

How?

A few rules

  • Bring your household chemical products in their original packaging and make sure they are properly closed (not loose in a plastic bag)
  • In the absence of original packaging, clearly write the name of the product on the packaging
  • Also bring the empty containers of  chemical products
  • Separate liquids from solids
  • Water filters with resin granules (like Brita) must be returned to the manufacturer or to the shop. Otherwise, place them in the "coatings" category.
  • Do not mix materials together

We also encourage you to download our sorting memo and to fix where it can easily be seen (fridge door ...)..

All medication, expired or not.

What?

Which medication?

Pill bottles

Plaquettes de pilules

Sprays, bottles

Sprays, flacons

Bottles syrup

Bouteilles de sirop

Ointment tubes

Tubes de pommade

Pill packs

Plaquettes de pilules
The box and instructions must be placed in the yellow bag.

Where?

The box and instructions must be placed in the yellow bag

Croix pharmacie verte

Only at your chemist's.

Other

We also encourage you to download our sorting memo and to fix where it can easily be seen (fridge door ...). 

What?

What constitutes residual waste?

Any waste similar to non-recyclable household waste is professional residual waste. Only place waste that cannot be recycled in your commercial bag or grey/black container. Sorting guarantees the valorisation of waste as raw material. Do not throw any items in good condition.

Plusieurs déchets ménagers non-recyclables

Where?

Where can you place your residual waste?

  • In the commercial fuschia bag
  • In the grey/balck container

For reasons of hygiene, we ask that you put your residual waste items in a rubbish bag before throwing it in the container. In that case, the bag does not have to be a Bruxelles-Propreté white commercial bag.

Residual waste items cannot be brought to the Recypark.

How?

A few rules

    • Your bag may not exceed 15 kg.

    Sharp waste items (ex: broken glass) must be properly wrapped to prevent that you or our teams get cut..

    Your white bag cannot contain any:

    • hazardous waste
    • construction/renovation waste
    • waste whose volume is too large for the white bag

    We also encourage you to download our sorting memo and to fix where it can easily be seen (fridge door ...)..