The amount of waste produced each year in the Brussels area (about 350 kg/inhabitant/year), requires the Brussels-Capital Region to find a delicate balance between solutions that are environmentally sound and of wich the removal cost remains financially acceptable.
These solutions comply as best as possible with the Lansink scale, which identifies the various steps required for the optimisation of waste recovery:
- Sorting and recycling
- Incineration with energy recovery
- Incineration without energy recovery
The principle of the Lansink scale is to maximise one step before moving on to the next one. Incineration without energy recovery and landfill are not used in the Brussels area because they are too harmful to our environment..
Preventing waste production means consuming in another way. For more information on waste prevention, visit the Bruxelles Environnement website.
Via a new reuse center
The Brussels Region is developing a new "reuse centre", a centre for the recovery and reuse of specific waste items :
- bulky household waste
- household electrical and electronic devices
- ink cartridges and printers
- used frying oils
The following activities are also planned for further development:
- research in the field of eco-design
- consignment and sale of reusable items
- training and awareness programmes for school groups and other associations.
As the project leader, Bruxelles-Propreté, has acquired a 6,000 m² building located at rue de Birmingham in Anderlecht. This space will be offered to social economy enterprises to develop their business. As a waste collection operator, Bruxelles-Propreté will provide them with second-hand furniture and electrical and electronic waste..
3. Sorting and recycling
Bruxelles-Propreté is actively involved in the recycling of paper and cardboard, PMD packaging, glass bottles, jars and phials, garden waste, bulky waste, electrical and electronic waste, construction waste, scrap metals, etc.
In addition, Bruxelles-Propreté collects chemical waste items to make sure that they are removed according to strict rules that are respectful of our environment.
Through Bruxelles-Propreté, the Region is a shareholder in Recyclis, the sorting centre that processes the contents of blue and yellow bags or containers. It can process 20,000 tonnes of PMD packaging and 80,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard waste. Visit the Recyclis website for more information.
A training and awareness programme for school groups and other associations was developed there in 2012.
Via the bottle banks
Duplicating bottle banks (white for white glass and coloured for coloured glass) and observing instructions have helped provide recycling centres with high quality glass.
Via the Recypark
Bruxelles-Propreté is always looking for new recycling systems for the waste collected by its teams. For example, since 2011, Bruxelles-Propreté separates flat glass from bulky waste items in its 2 container parks to achieve better recycling.
We also sort wood, metals, gypsum board, PE/PP type hard plastics (buckets, toys, etc.), electrical cables, corks, etc. For more information, check out the pages dedicated to our Recypark (for residents and for professionnals)
The garden waste collected from households, in the container parks (regional and local) and brought by gardening businesses are transformed into compost at the regional composting centre, Visit Bruxelles-Compost website for more informations.
4. Incineration with energy recovery
Our residual waste (waste for which there is no recycling programme yet) is processed by Bruxelles-Energie, a plant for energy recovery by incineration. This is a state-of-the-art plant in terms of energy recovery and environmental protection.
Bruxelles-Energie currently provides Electrabel with energy that is used to produce electricity equivalent to the annual needs of more than 65,000 households in Brussels.
A development project for district heating is also considered in order to maximise energy produced by the incineration of your waste. Visit the Bruxelles-Energie's website for more informations.