PMD Companies

Sorting at the workplace: the new normal


Sorting at the workplace needs to become the new normal – just as logical and easy as it is at home. Therefore Fost Plus aims to encourage companies and organisations to sort PMD as much as possible. We are not only focusing on raising awareness, but we are also offering practical support with implementation.


Despite the obligation to do so, companies still do not sort enough. This is clear from both the collection figures and analyses of residual waste flows. It is estimated that about 25,000 tonnes of PMD end up in mixed residual waste each year. This represents great potential for Fost Plus to collect additional packaging that still gets lost at the moment.


Businesses are required by law to sort their waste. This applies to waste generated by their basic activities and to the cans, bottles and other packaging used in offices, canteens and production halls. This particular waste flow still often ends up in residual waste, which means that the packaging and thus the materials are lost to recycling.

Fost Plus has set itself ambitious targets. We aim to virtually double the quantity of PMD that we collect out of home – i.e. from companies as well – from 14,000 tonnes in 2018 to 26,000 tonnes in 2023. Despite a difficult year because of the coronavirus crisis, in 2020 we already collected 19,000 tonnes, exactly in line with our targets.

In 2021, with the return to the workplace we are putting this issue back on the agenda with a large-scale campaign to convince companies to sort more and better. Working closely with the private collection companies, we have also developed an action plan to support companies with the practical implementation. The EUR 75 welcome grant, requested by over 1,200 companies in 2019, is being extended.

The campaign coincides with the extended PMD collection in companies. As of 1 April 2021, the New Blue Bag sorting rules have also come into effect in companies. In addition to bottles and cans, lunchtime salad dishes and yoghurt pots can now also be put in the PMD. That not only makes sorting at work easier, but also has a positive effect on the quantities collected.


Initiators: Fost Plus and Valipac.

Partners: private collection companies.




In 2020, Fost Plus collected 19,000 tonnes of PMD from companies, 3,000 tonnes more than in 2019.