Think about the future. Keep sorting.

Your mission starts now. Remember: by sorting and recycling efficiently, we help build a better future.

Denk aan de toekomst. Blijf goed sorteren

Why sort and recycle?

To save raw materials

Raw materials are becoming scarcer and scarcer and will inevitably run out someday, so the more packaging we can recycle, the fewer materials go to waste. In addition, we help make sure that future generations will also be able to enjoy what our planet has to offer.

To save energy

Recycling materials is almost always better for the environment than exploiting new raw materials. By recycling we save enormous amounts of energy, avoid the emission of harmful substances, fight global warming and improve air quality.

What can you do?

Sort as much as possible

The more packaging you recycle, the fewer materials go to waste.

Sort correctly

The better we sort, the higher the quality of the recycled materials will be. 

Consult the sorting rules for PMD, glass and paper-cardboard.

What happens with collected packaging?

Plastic bottles and flasks: 

27 PET bottles  1 fleece sweater
HDPE flasks  storage box

Metal packaging:

19.000 tin cans  1 car
670 beverage cans  1 bicycle

Drinks cartons: 

1 drink carton  1 cardboard box

Paper-cardboard:

waste paper-cardboard  new cardboard box

Discover how we recycle PMD, glass and paper-cardboard and which new products are made of recycled materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to recycle even more?

The technology of recycling and packaging is constantly advancing. Thanks to new methods, more and more materials and types of packaging can now be recycled.

However, recycling is only useful if certain requirements are met, which means that reliable and sustainable markets must exist for the recycled materials. After all, there is no use in selectively collecting and recycling materials if they cannot be used to make new products.

Recycling must also be beneficial to the environment. For example, certain types of packaging require an intense cleaning process before recycling. The extra water consumption this entails does not always outweigh the benefits to the environment.

Finally, recycling must also be economically beneficial and the costs must be weighed against the actual benefit to the environment. In most cases, the cost aspect strongly correlates with demand for recycled materials.

Can’t we make do without packaging?

It is hard to imagine a world without packaging. After all, packaging plays a critical role in preserving and protecting products, both during storage and transport. Furthermore, packaging also contains useful information about its contents and their correct use.

Good packaging must first and foremost ensure that as little as possible of the product will be lost and that waste will be avoided. Moreover, the environmental impact of packaging is often much lower than that of the product it protects.

Fost Plus helps companies adapt their packaging to its contents in an optimal manner, among other things by reducing the weight of the packaging or modifying its design. Ecodesign offers many possibilities in this respect.

Fost Plus also participates in several prevention initiatives: information about prevention is shared with members and they receive tools to test the recyclability of their packaging and to map out its impact on the environment. Fost Plus also offers financial support to its members for packaging audits, and it provides customized advice.

What efforts are companies making to reduce the amount of packaging they use?

Companies are becoming more and more aware of the impact their packaging has on the environment and are making substantial efforts to reduce the amount of packaging used. For example, the average weight of a plastic bottle for mineral water has dropped by 50% over the past 40 years.

On top of this, the materials used are also changing. Not only is packaging containing more and more recycled materials, it is also being designed to be more easily recyclable.

Also, companies that use a great deal of packaging are now obligated by law to draw up an excess packaging prevention plan. In this plan, they must describe how they will reduce the amount of packaging used. They can either draw up an individual plan or join a sector plan that has been outlined by their federation.

More information?

Please contact us at info@fostplus.be for more information.