Hector project


Bruxelles-Propreté is a partner in the HECTOR project. 
The kick-off of the project took place in January 2019. The project has a duration of 4 years. The HECTOR project concerns the deployment and testing of 7 hydrogen fuel cell garbage trucks, in 7 pilot sites across the north-western region of Europe.

  • Aberdeen (Scotland),
  • Groningen (Netherlands),
  • Arnhem (Netherlands),
  • Duisburg (Germany),
  • Herten (Germany),
  • Touraine Indre Valley (France),
  • Brussels, Belgium).

    The aim of the HECTOR project is to demonstrate that fuel cell waste trucks are an effective solution to reduce road transport emissions in the North-West Europe zone. The 7 pilot sites will cover a wide range of operational contexts. While some trucks will be used in city centers, others will be tested in rural areas. The project aims to test vehicles under normal operating conditions.

    The trucks will use the existing hydrogen refueling infrastructure and, where possible, pilot sites will use green hydrogen to power the trucks, maximizing emissions reductions. The truck ordered by Bruxelles-Propreté should be operational in the second quarter of 2021

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Disruption of bagged collections


On Friday, October 16, a strike by management prevented the collection teams from carrying out part of their rounds.
The communes concerned are the following:
White bags:
  • Anderlecht: 85% of the white bags were collected
  • Berchem: 45% of the white bags were collected
  • Evere: 50% of the white bags were collected
  • Ganshoren: 70% of the white bags were collected
  • Haeren: 20% of the white bags were collected
  • Discarded: 40% of the white bags were collected
  • Koekelberg: 65% of the white bags were collected
  • Molenbeek: 60% of the white bags were collected
  • Woluwe-Saint-Lambert: 50% of the white bags were collected
  • Woluwe-Saint-Pierre: 30% of the white bags were collected
Yellow bags :
  • Anderlecht: 95% of the yellow bags have been collected
  • Berchem: 45% of the yellow bags were collected
  • Evere: 45% of the yellow bags were collected
  • Ganshoren: 98% of the yellow bags were collected
  • Haeren: 90% of the yellow bags were collected
  • Discarded: 90% of the yellow bags were collected
  • Koekelberg: 90% of the yellow bags have been collected
  • Molenbeek: 85% of the yellow bags have been collected
  • Woluwe-Saint-Lambert: 50% of the yellow bags were collected
  • Woluwe-Saint-Pierre: 50% of the yellow bags were collected
Green bags and orange bags :
Collections of these bags could also be disrupted this afternoon.
The municipalities concerned are: Anderlecht, Berchem, Evere, Haeren and Molenbeek.
Residents whose bags have not been collected are invited, as far as possible, to bring their bags back until the next collection:
  • White bags: Tuesday 20 October.
  • Yellow bags: Friday 23 October.
  • Green and orange bags: Friday, October 23rd.
Remedial tours will be organized according to the means available.
Collections in containers
Container collections are partially impacted by this strike movement, impacted customers will be collected during the next passage.
Removal of bulky items from homes
Half of the teams are carrying out the missions with the inhabitants who have made an appointment for this Friday, October 16.
All regional Recyparks are open and operating normally throughout the day.
This Friday afternoon's feed points are normally insured.
Aware of the difficulties encountered by the inhabitants of certain districts, the Directorate General of Brussels-Propreté asks them to accept all its apologies for these disturbances beyond its control.

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The Bike Project at Bruxelles-Propreté


The Bike Project supports the use of bicycles by the staff of the Bruxelles Mobilité Agency.
Bicycle use is growing strongly in Brussels: over the last ten years, bicycle journeys in our capital have more than tripled! This positive trend can be attributed to the gradual improvement of the structure of cycling in the capital, but also to a series of projects set up by the Brussels public institutions.
One such project is the 'Bike Project'. This initiative is organised by Pro Velo and financed by Bruxelles Environnement. Every year, it guides some ten organisations to promote active mobility, which is part of the Brussels-Capital Region's desire to promote alternatives to the car for the well-being of users/users and calmness in the Region in general. 
This project provides individualised support for 8 months to various businesses and has several dimensions. On the one hand, it guides mobility managers in the development and implementation of a support plan for bicycle use (diagnosis, installation of infrastructure and introduction of support measures, balance, etc.), before encouraging staff members to take the bike, through training and the provision of bicycles for two weeks. 
Since 2013, ten laureates per year or more than 60 companies have been supported by this project, reaching more than 27,500 staff members. And it works! An evaluation of the participants at the end of the project shows that 84% of them wish to continue taking the bike after the test!
This week, some twenty bicycles (classic and electric bicycles, folding bicycles and even cargo bikes) were lent to 25 workers of the Bruxelles Networks Agency as part of the Bike Project. The bikes will be made available for two weeks so that as many participants as possible can discover these different mobility solutions. A video has also been made to promote this project internally and to encourage the workers to take the bike.   
« In Brussels, many journeys between home and work could be made by bike. By giving companies and their staff this necessary push to take this first step towards active mobility, Bike Project plays a key role for a less polluted city, which is more pleasant for all its inhabitants,' welcomed the Minister for the Environment Alain Maron.   
« The Bruxelles Net Agency wants to encourage its staff, both administrative and workmen, to use active mobility for their commuting. Collaborating with Pro Velo is a great way to test these different types of bicycles so that our staff can choose which one suits them best. We hope that this test will convince the doubters and encourage those who are a little more reluctant," says Vincent Jumeau, Director Bruxelles-Propreté.
« Pro Velo is a reference actor in the guidance of the organizations to help them set up internal bicycle use. One of the key steps is getting the staff members on their bikes. We do this within the framework of the Bike Project, for which we support the Bruxelles Net Agency," said Martin Stock, Project Manager at Pro Velo.

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Obligation to use the green biodegradable bags


As of Monday 8 June 2020, only the offical bags will be collected.

Bruxelles-Propreté has noted a significant increase in the non-official green bags put out for garden waste collections. These bags are for most of them the old regional model. These plastic bags are no longer valid since 1 January 2018. To get rid of them, Brussels residents who still have them in stock are invited to throw them, empty, in the white bag. They will not be exchanged or refunded.

Plastic bags cannot be composted by Bruxelles-Compost, the regional composting centre.

As of Monday 8 June 2020, the Brussels-Propreté teams will only collect the legal biodegradable green bags.

How to recognise the non-official bags?

  • Either they are not identified by the logo of the Brussels-Capital Region and that of Bruxelles-Propreté ;
  • or they are made of plastic and are therefore not biodegradable;
  • or their volume is higher than 60 l.

These criteria are sometimes combined.

Official biodegradable bags (60 l) are available per roll of ten bags in supermarkets, DIY stores, garden centres and a few retail stores.

Bruxelles-Propreté draws the attention of Brussels residents to the fact that old non-regulatory bags would still be sold on certain markets. These bags are no longer collected, so there is no point in buying them.

Precautions for use :

The biodegradable nature of the official green bags requires simple rules to be followed when using them. These rules guarantee that biodegradation does not occur before the bag is presented for collection.

What are these rules?

  1. Keep the bag in a dry cool place. Concretely, it should not be left in full sun to avoid the fermentation of the grass and thus the acceleration of the degradation of the bag.
  2. Allow air to circulate around the bag. Avoid placing your bag on damp ground while waiting for our collection trucks to pass.
  3. Limit the filling time to a maximum of two weeks.
  4. Do not exceed 15 kilos, as for blue, yellow, orange and white bags.

Bruxelles-Propreté reminds you that branches can be presented for collection in bundles.


The Regional Government has decided to no longer allow green plastic bags from 1 January 2018. This decision has been recorded in the environmental permit of Brussels-Compost, the regional centre for the treatment of garden waste.

Today, the large quantity of non-biodegradable green bags presented for collection threatens the maintenance of the environmental permit and thus the recycling of garden waste of the Brussels residents.


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