Sorting rules PMD

Allowed

Metal packaging

Including food and cosmetic sprays, aluminum plates, dishes and trays, metal lids and caps.

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Plastic bottles and flasks

No other plastic packaging or objects.

Flatten plastic bottles, put the cap on it and gain space in the PMD bag.

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Drinks cartons

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Not allowed

Residu PMD

  • All other plastic packaging and objects (plastic pots and dishes, plastic bags, plastic film, et cetera), aluminum foil, polystyrene foam, syringes, infusion bags and other medical waste.
  • Packaging with child-resistant safety caps, including packaging for drain cleaners and toilet descaling products.

  • Packaging with at least one of these icons:

 CLP picto

  • Packaging of pesticides (insecticides, herbicides, moss control, rat poison, et cetera.)
  • Packaging of engine oil, paint, lacquer, varnish and other toxic products.
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Attention!

  • Deposit only empty packaging.
  • Do not attach plastic cans to the fastening straps of the blue PMD bags.
  • The maximum size of a packaging item placed in a blue PMD bag is 8 litres.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are only plastic bottles and flasks allowed in the blue PMD bag?

There is a huge variety of different types of plastic packaging on the market today. But only plastic bottles and flasks are available in sufficiently large quantities to guarantee efficient recycling. They are almost exclusively made of PET and HDPE, two types of plastic that can be recycled into high-grade materials that comply with the strictest guidelines and can eventually be used again to pack food products.

Why is aluminum foil not allowed in the blue PMD bag?

Aluminum packaging (cans, containers, and trays) is easy to recycle because it can be melted down in the furnaces of the recycling companies. Aluminum foil on the other hand is too thin to be efficiently recycled since it burns in furnaces rather than melts. In addition, used aluminum foil often contains a lot of food residue, which disrupts the recycling process.

Why are yoghurt pots not allowed in the blue PMD bag?

The P in PMD ONLY stands for plastic bottles and flasks. Other plastic packaging, such as plastic yoghurt pots or butter dishes are made of different types of plastics that cannot be included in the recycling chain. They should be disposed of in the residual waste or – in some cases – at the container park. Please note that the plastic bottles of yoghurt drinks are allowed in the PMD bag, as they can be recycled with other plastic bottles.

Should I rinse the packaging before disposing of them in the blue PMD bag?

In principle, you do not need to wash or rinse the packaging. However, it should be empty. When you have used up or emptied the contents, you can sort the packaging without having to rinse or clean it.

Can I leave the caps on the plastic bottles and flasks?

You may leave the caps on the plastic bottles and flasks in the blue PMD bag. They are also recycled. 

What does the Green Dot logo mean?

The Green Dot logo is not a sorting instruction. It does not indicate whether the packaging is allowed in the blue PMD bag. The Green Dot Logo is simply there to tell you that the company that markets the product is financially supporting the Belgian system of selective collection and recycling, not that the packaging on which it appears can be recycled or is made out of recycled materials.

If you want to find out whether your packaging is allowed in the blue PMD bag, we recommend checking the sorting rules for PMD. In the case of plastic packaging, only plastic bottles and flasks are allowed in the blue PMD bag.

What if I have doubts about how to sort a specific packaging?

When you have doubts about how to sort a specific packaging, we recommend checking the sorting rules for PMD, glass and paper-cardboard. These rules are also listed on the waste collection calendar of your intermunicipal company or in the Recyle! app for your smartphone and tablet. If you are still uncertain, then dispose of the packaging in the residual waste bag. This is the best way to avoid problems during the sorting and recycling process.

Why is packaging that contained toxic or hazardous products not allowed in the blue PMD bag?

Packaging that contained toxic products, drain cleaners, toilet descaling products, engine oil or other hazardous products such as varnish, paint, solvents, acids, pesticides, herbicides and insecticides may be hazardous for the employees of sorting and recycling centers. That is why this type of packaging needs to be processed individually. It should always be sorted with Small Hazardous Waste (Klein Gevaarlijk Afval – KGA or Déchets Spéciaux des Ménages – DSM). Check with your municipality or intermunicipal company to find out how it is collected in your municipality.

Why am I not allowed to attach bottles, flasks or other containers to the outside of the blue PMD bag?

The blue PMD bags are automatically opened upon entry in the sorting centers and sorted as a separate waste fraction. Packaging that is attached to the outside of the bag is transported along with the bags and therefore ends up in the wrong waste stream. 

What if my blue PMD bag is rejected with a red sticker?

The collectors are charged with visually checking the PMD bags that are put out in the street. When these bags contain waste that does not belong in the blue PMD bag, the collectors are required to leave them behind. In that case the collectors apply a red sticker to the bag. You must remove the incorrectly sorted items from the bag, tear off the front of the sticker and put the PMD bag out the next time PMD waste is collected. The procedure is similar for paper-cardboard. If you do not remove the rejected bag from the street, you risk being fined for littering. Check the PMD sorting rules to find out what you did wrong.

What do the numbers in the triangle on plastic packaging refer to?

The numbers in the triangle refer to the type of plastic the product is made of. The number does not indicate whether the packaging is allowed in the blue PMD bag. Packaging may sometimes even have the same number (and consist of the same type of plastic) but may still not be treated or recycled in the same way. Variations in thickness or quality of the plastics may make it impossible to recycle them together. In some cases, the packaging (trays, dishes, yoghurt pots, butter tubs, et cetera) is not available in large enough quantities to enable efficient recycling.

If you want to find out whether your packaging is allowed in the blue PMD bag, we recommend checking the sorting rules for PMD. In the case of plastic packaging, only plastic bottles and flasks are allowed in the blue PMD bag.

More information?

Please contact us at info@fostplus.be