Belgium, a pioneer in developing a circular economy for packaging

Belgium, a pioneer in developing a circular economy for packaging

Fost Plus seeks to develop a circular economy for household packaging in our country within the next five years. More collection at source, higher recycling rates and the expansion of local sorting and recycling capacity are crucial to this process. Managing Director Patrick Laevers explains how Fost Plus seeks to achieve this transformation.

Traditionally, Belgium can present a good report when it comes to recycling household packaging waste. Based on its activity report, Fost Plus recycled 727,000 tonnes of packaging in 2019, representing a recycling rate of 92.5%. This is the highest in Europe.

Patrick Laevers

It can and must be done better

And yet this is no time to rest on our laurels, says Patrick Laevers. ‘The awareness of the environmental impact of packaging has grown enormously. Today, everyone wants more sustainable packaging: consumers, producers and governments alike. The European objectives confirm this. Moreover, in Belgium we are striving for an even more ambitious goal.’

Fost Plus has developed a clear plan for the current accreditation period (2019-2023). ‘For plastic packaging, we are aiming for a recycling rate of 65% by 2023. By way of comparison: in 2018, we were only at 43%. In 2019, we reached the first interim milestone of 46%. Moreover, that plan is not optional: all objectives are aligned with those of the sectoral federations.’

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