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Belgium

Geographical size 
30 528 km2

Population
11 203 992 (2014)

GDP (Billion euro)
382,692 billion euro (2013)
 

Trade & Industry
  • VAL-I-PAC *

    Koningin Astridlaan 59A bus 11 - 1780 Wemmel
    Phone: +32 2 456 83 10 - Fax: +32 2 456 83 20
    E-mail: info@valipac.be - Website: www.valipac.be

    ​* Expra member

Household
Trade & Industry

Packers/fillers and importers (>300 kg of packaging (HH + T&I) put annually on the Belgian market)

Household

Packers/fillers and importers (>300 kg of packaging (HH + T&I) put annually on the Belgian market)

Trade & Industry

Primary packaging (sales packaging1), secondary packaging (grouped packaging excl. multipack2) and tertiary packaging (transport/loading packaging)

Household

Primary packaging (sales packaging1) + the secondary packaging (only multipack2) + service packaging

1 A grey list is available to distinguish HH primary packaging from T&I primary packaging: http://www.fostplus.be/SiteCollectionDocuments/Leden/Andere/ListeGrise%20-%20Ann%C3%A9eDeD%C3%A9claration2012_FR.PDF

2  Package of several individually packed items sold as a unit

 

Trade & Industry

All material (mainly cardboard, plastic (incl. EPS), wood, metal, glass, natural fibres,…)

Household

All material (mainly paper/cardboard, beverage carton, plastic (incl. EPS), glass, metal,…)

Trade & Industry

Overall recovery target: 85%
Overall recycling target: 80% with specific recycling target for cardboard (60%), plastic (30%), wood (15%) & metal (50%)

Household

Overall recovery target: 90%
Overall recycling target: 80% with specific recycling target for cardboard (60%), plastic (30%), metal (50%) & glass (60%)

Not mandatory

Not mandatory

  • Inter-regional Packaging Commission (IVCIE)

    Kunstlaan 10-11 - 1210 Brussels (BE)
    Phone: +32 2 209 03 60
    Website: www.ivcie.be

Part Legislation and specific items

An Inter-regional Co-operation Agreement has been signed between the 3 Belgian Regions (in charge of the environmental policy) in order to ensure the (consistent) transposition of the requirements of the Directive 94/62/EC.

The Co-operation Agreement defines 4 types of packers/fillers and importers responsible for packaging (the so called “parties responsible for packaging”): 

  • Type A: Any party who packages products or has products packaged for him in Belgium with the purpose to sell these goods in Belgium;
  • Type B: Any party who imports packaged products in order to sell them in Belgium;
  • Type C: where industrial packaging waste is concerned for products that do not come under type A or type B, any party who unpacks or consumes the packaged goods on the Belgian territory. This is, for instance, often the case with raw materials, and spare parts. Type C only concerns T&I packaging.
  • Type D: Any party who manufactures service packaging in Belgium or imports it, with as purpose to market it in Belgium. Service packaging is only applicable in the field of household packaging. It often happens that a single company simultaneously falls under more than one type.

Any party who is responsible for at least 300 tonnes of one-way packaging per year (as well as any party who uses annually at least 100 tonnes of one-way packaging to pack products in Belgium, by himself or via sub-contractor, with a view to market them in Belgium), is obliged to submit, once every three years, a prevention plan to the authorities in charge of the Co-operation Agreement (IVCIE).

Trade & Industry

VAL-I-PAC

  • To reach the recovery and recycling targets for its members
  • To report its results regarding recovery and recycling, to the authorities 
  • To collect the licence fees from packers/fillers and importers
  • To stimulate the recycling of T&I packaging waste using:
  • Financial incentives (paid to unpackers):
    • Recycling incentives: for sorting certain industrial packaging materials (wood and plastics)
    • Container incentives: for the use of selective containers which enable the sorting of industrial packaging waste. 
  • Communication campaigns (B2B)
  • To support its members in their efforts to reduce the quantities of T&I packaging they use.
Household

Fost Plus

  • To reach the recovery and recycling targets for its members
  • To report its results regarding recovery and recycling, to the authorities (IVCIE)
  • To develop collection and sorting systems in cooperation with the municipalities which are responsible for HH waste management
  • To collect the licence fees from packers/fillers and importers
  • To finance the full cost of collection, sorting and recycling of HH packaging waste (sales revenues of the sorted waste are paid back to Fost Plus) 
  • To stimulate the selective collection and recycling of HH packaging waste through communication campaigns towards consumers (B2C).
  • To support its members in their efforts to reduce the quantities of HH packaging they use.
  • The cooperation agreement regarding prevention and management of packaging waste concluded on 4/11/2008 and published in the Belgian Bulletin of Acts, Orders and Decrees (B.B.A.O.D) on 29 December 2008.

  • Website Fost Plus: www.fostplus.be

  • Website VAL-I-PAC: www.valipac.be

  • Website IVCIE: www.ivcie.be

  • EUROPEN March 2012 - European and National Legislation on Packaging and the Environment

  • PRO EUROPE – Uniformity in Diversity – Producer Responsibility in Action – October 2010.

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