All companies that bring household packaging onto the Belgian market are responsible for the recycling or recovery of this packaging. You can fulfil your legal obligations by becoming a member of Fost Plus. You pay an annual membership contribution, which Fost Plus uses to fund the collection, the sorting and the recycling of your household packaging.
Companies that bring household or industrial packaging onto the market must fulfil three legal obligations:
Take-back obligation. Each year you must recycle or recover a certain percentage of the packaging you bring onto the market. As of 2009, this amounts to 80% recycling and 90% recovery.
Information obligation. You must inform the Interregional Packaging Commission (IRPC) of the nature of your packaging and the achieved recycling percentages. This is how you demonstrate that you have reached the legal objectives.
Triennial prevention plan. In the prevention plan, you describe the measures you will take to reduce the quantity of packaging and the objectives your company wants to achieve. This obligation applies to companies that bring at least 300 tons of one-way packaging onto the market every year and for companies that package products or have them packaged in Belgium with at least 100 tons of one-way packaging every year.
When you become a member of Fost Plus, we can take over the take-back and information obligations for your household packaging. You pay an annual membership contribution, which Fost Plus uses to fund the collection, the sorting and the recycling of your household packaging.
Fost Plus is only approved for household packaging. You can contact VAL-I-PAC for industrial packaging. Any company that brings both household and industrial packaging onto the market should become a member of both organisations.
Package products or have them packaged in Belgium to market them in Belgium under their brand name or a neutral brand name.
Import packaged household products or have them imported to bring them onto the Belgian market.
Produce and/or import service packaging to bring it on the Belgian market. Service packaging is usually applied at the location where products or services are offered to the consumer. Examples include wrapping paper, bread bags, pizza boxes, disposable shopping bags, etc.
If your company brings less than 300 kg of both household and industrial packaging onto the market every year, then you only need to become a member if you wish to use the Green Dot logo on your packaging.
You can find further information about the nature of household packaging in the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Answer a few simple questions in our membership module and you will immediately know whether your company should become a member of Fost Plus. At the end of the module, you can request the application forms for your membership.