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
  • Fly-tipping
  • 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
  • etc.

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.


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