Who should become a member?

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.

What are your legal obligations?

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.

How can Fost Plus assist you?

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.

Which companies should become a member of Fost Plus?

Companies that:

  • 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.

Not sure whether you should become a member of Fost Plus?

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.

Go to the membership module

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you legally required to become a member of Fost Plus?

You are not legally required to become a member of Fost Plus. You can also choose to set up your own system. Your company then needs to organise the collection, sorting and recycling of its packaging and provide the required data to the Interregional Packaging Commission (IRPC) to prove that the required recycling percentages have been achieved.

How do we define packaging?

Packaging or not?

It is usually clear whether an element around a product is packaging or not. Obvious examples of packaging are bottles, plastic butter tubs or cans. These elements have the sole function of packaging the product.

It becomes more difficult if packaging has one or more additional functions or can be used for another purpose such as a mustard jar, a lipstick holder or a coat hanger.

Fost Plus and the Interregional Packaging Commission (IRPC) have drawn up a list of packaging that often leads to confusion.

Download the list packaging - non packaging:

Dutch version (pdf)

French version (pdf)

What is service packaging?

Service packaging is used on the location where products or services are offered to the consumer. This packaging is usually applied at the time of sale to the consumer.

Examples of service packaging are bread bags, wrapping paper, pizza boxes, plastic containers for processed meats, shopping bags, disposable cups, etc.

Download the info card on service packaging

Dutch version (pdf)

French version (pdf)

What is the difference between household and industrial packaging?

The usage of the packaged product determines the category of the packaging:

  • The primary packaging of a household product is considered a household packaging.

  • The primary packaging of an industrial product is an industrial packaging.

Some products can be used for both household and industrial purposes:

  • A TV set is generally considered a household product, but can also be used for industrial purposes. However, the primary packaging of a TV set will in both cases be considered a household packaging.

  • For certain products, volume plays a role. For example, drinks packaging with a volume of less than 20 litres is considered household packaging. Drinks packaging with a volume above 20 litres is considered industrial packaging. For a product such as mayonnaise, the limit is 1.2 kg.

Fost Plus and VAL-I-PAC have drawn up a list of products about which there might be doubt and which establishes to which category each product belongs.

Download the list household - industrial (Grey List):

Dutch version (pdf)

French version (pdf)

What about reusable packaging?

Reusable packaging is packaging intended and designed to be reused a minimum number of times in its lifespan. This means it can be refilled or used again for the same purpose. The packaging must satisfy certain technical requirements and be included in a system that enables reuse.

Examples include:

  • drinks bottles on which a deposit is paid

  • reusable shopping bags

  • europallets

Only the information obligation applies to reusable packaging. You can fulfil this obligation by becoming a member of Fost Plus (household packaging) or VAL-I-PAC (industrial packaging). You can also report the reusable packaging you use directly to the Interregional Packaging Commission (IRPC).

Download the info card on reusable packaging:

Dutch version (pdf)

French version (pdf)

When can you have another company join in your place?

In certain cases you can have another company join Fost Plus in your place. This may for example be the case when your company must fulfil the legal take-back and information obligation, but does not have access to the information needed.

The following companies can join Fost Plus in your place:

  • Foreign suppliers from whom you purchase the packaged products to bring them onto the Belgian market. This possibility does not apply to packaged products under your own brand name or to service packaging. You must then always join yourself.

  • Your franchisor, parent company, holding company or purchasing centre can join in your place for the packaging for which you are responsible as franchisee, subsidiary company, operational company or member of a purchasing centre.

Download the info card Takeover of the declaration by a non-Belgian company (pdf)

Download de info card on the takeover of the declaration by a Belgian company:

Dutch version (pdf)

French version (pdf)

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How to become a member of Fost Plus?

What does it cost?

Download the brochure 'Why join Fost Plus?'

Join Fost Plus now!

Go to the membership module and send us your company details. We will assist you step by step in submitting your first declaration.

Do you still have questions?

Please contact Fost Plus on +32 (0)2 775 03 58 or send an e-mail to business.administration@fostplus.be