Fost Plus operates within a clearly defined legal framework. European Directive 2004/12/EC and the Cooperation Agreement constitute the two legal pillars.
The Cooperation Agreement of 4 November 2008 on the prevention and management of packaging waste is the transposition of a European Directive into Belgian law, namely Directive 94/62/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 20 December 1994 on packaging and packaging waste.
Directive 94/62/EC was amended by European Directive 2004/12/EC on 11 February 2004.
In Belgium, the Flemish Region, the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region are responsible for policy related to waste management. On 30 May 1996, the Regions signed a Cooperation Agreement on the prevention and management of packaging waste. A new version of the agreement has been in force since 2009.
The Cooperation Agreement requires every company which packages products in Belgium or which has products packaged in Belgium to take back used packaging and satisfy certain recycling and reuse quotas.
The basic principles of the agreement are:
Companies that bring household packaging onto the market are obliged to achieve the following objectives:
80% recycling and 90% recovery in total
a minimum of 15 to 60% recycling, depending on the packaging material
Each year, companies are required to communicate certain data to the Interregional Packaging Commission concerning the packaging they put on the market.
Companies that bring at least 300 tonnes of single-use packaging onto the market every year or which package products in Belgium or which have products packaged within Belgium must submit a general prevention plan every three years.
The accreditation of Fost Plus is renewed every four years. On 19 December 2013, Fost Plus was granted a new accreditation for the period 2014–2018.
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Download the May 4th, 2017 accreditation modification: