The Bike Project at Bruxelles-Propreté

26/08/2020

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

08/06/2020

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.

History

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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Strong attendance at the Recypark Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

28/05/2020

The Recypark Woluwe-Saint-Pierre has a very high attendance.

We remind you that the Federal Government has limited travel to what is strictly necessary. These restrictions also apply to the Recypark Woluwe-Saint-Pierre: emergency situations or urgent necessity (e.g. death or moving house).

If a visit is indeed necessary, we suggest you arrive during the following (less frequented) time slots:

  • Wednesdays from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 6:45 pm.
  • Thursday from 9.00 to 11.00 am

We do not recommend visits on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm. These are very busy times.

Residents of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre and Woluwe-Saint-Lambert can also go to the Recypark Sud, Nord and Humanité (for vehicles with trailers and vehicles with a height of more than 1.85 metres ). 

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Covid-19 : services are back to normal

08/05/2020

All of Bruxelles-Propreté’s services have been restored

As previously communicated, the Covid-19 crisis has led to disruptions in the missions of Bruxelles-Propreté, particularly in the collections of blue and yellow bags.

Bruxelles-Propreté is now in a position to restore all of its collection services to the usual schedules.

Separate collections of all blue and yellow bags

As of Monday 11 May, all blue and yellow bags will be collected again separately in all Brussels municipalities.  These bags will be sent to the sorting centre (Recyclis) for recycling.

In order to ensure these collections, to guarantee the sorting of the collected waste and to make sure that social distancing measures are respected as much as possible, Bruxelles-Propreté has rearranged the working hours of the collection teams.  This measure will be applied from 11 May until further notice.

Specifically, blue bags (PMC packaging) and yellow bags (paper and cardboard) will be collected in the morning. However, approximately 15% of the white bag collections will be carried out in the afternoon instead of the morning. This change in the working hours of the collection teams does not, however, imply any change in the citizens' collection schedules.

All bags (white, blue, yellow, orange and green) must therefore be put out at the usual days and times

The inhabitants are however asked to leave their white bags along their house facade, if they have not been collected in the morning.

To make the work of the collection teams easier and to maintain the streets clean, it is paramount to respect the usual rules:

Bags

  • Put out the bags on the right day.
  • Seal the bags tightly.
  • Put the bags along the facade.
  • Do not exceed 15 kg per bag.

Cartons

  • Carton boxes must be folded, stacked and tied so that our teams can get rid of them easily and safely..

Good citizenship habits to live by

Bruxelles-Propreté requires all citizens to respect the public space.

  • Gloves and masks must be thrown into the white bag.
  • Do not throw your cigarette butts, handkerchiefs and masks, cans, packaging and other waste in the street. There is a good chance that a public trash bin is nearby. If not, please keep your waste with you until you reach home where you can get rid of it.
  • Pick up your dog's droppings.  Remember to bring a bag to pick it up.
  • Some waste is particularly harmful to the environment, such as small household chemical waste.  Take it to the Recypark.  Or better yet, drop it off at a PROXY CHIMIK collection point.

Bruxelles-Propreté reminds the population that fines do happen when breaking the rules on public cleanliness.

In these particular times, the Management thanks more than ever its teams and the inhabitants for their flexibility, understanding and collaboration.

 

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