Legal framework

Fost Plus operates within a clearly defined legal framework. European Directive 2004/12/EC and the Cooperation Agreement constitute the two legal pillars.

European Directive 2004/12/EG

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.

Download the European Directive 2004/12/EG (pdf)

Cooperation Agreement

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:


1. The take-back obligation

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

2. The information obligation

Each year, companies are required to communicate certain data to the Interregional Packaging Commission concerning the packaging they put on the market.

3. The prevention plan

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.

Download the Cooperation Agreement (pdf, Dutch and French).


The accreditation of Fost Plus is renewed every five years. On 20 December 2018, Fost Plus was granted a new accreditation for the period 2019–2023.

Download the December 20th, 2018 accreditation:

Dutch version (pdf)

French version (pdf)

Download the December 19th, 2013 accreditation:

Dutch version (pdf)

French version (pdf)

Download the May 4th, 2017 accreditation modification:

Dutch version (pdf)

French version (pdf)



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