If you commit an offence, get ready to pay!
Prevention policies set out by Bruxelles-Propreté and municipalities to address public cleanliness are not enough. This is why acts of uncleanliness are subject to large fines. The most common acts are:
- Taking rubbish bags outside of authorised collection days/times
- Throwing small waste items (cigarettes butts, cans, papers, chewing-gum, etc.)
- Urinating, defecating or spitting in the street
- Animal waste
- Non-sorted or non-compliant bags
- Waste tourism (importation of waste from 2 other regions)
- Illegal waste transportation to another country
- Illegal waste collection in the region
- Tags and graffiti
Procedures and sanctions
In addition to the range of criminal sanctions enforced by each municipality, Bruxelles-Propreté also has a team of sworn officers with powers of investigation similar to those of the Police, and sometimes even larger.
Bruxelles-Propreté transmits all infractions to the Prosecutor. The latter can:
- prosecute before a Magistrate's court, or
- refer the case to Bruxelles-Propreté who can impose administrative fines.
Administrative fines can reach €62,500. Their amount is set by the Decree of 25 March 1999 on the investigation, detection, prosecution and punishment of offences relating to the environment.