Sorting rules PMD

In 2016, Fost Plus launched projects in six Belgian municipalities to test new scenarios for the collection of PMD. The aim was to assess the feasibility of the future expansion of the PMD bag.

Today, this resulted in different scenarios for the collection of PMD. Depending on the intermunicipal company, other types of plastic packaging are permitted in the PMD bag.

  • At intermunicipalities NET BRUSSELS, ECOWERF, INTERRAND, INVOCO, IOK, IVAREM, IVLA, IMOG, IVIO, IVVO, IVBO, IGEAN, IVAGO, INTERZA, LIMBURG.NET, INTADURA, HYGEA, AIVE, IPALLE, INBW, TIBI,  and INTRADEL the 'current' rules for the collection of PMD apply. They also apply in Antwerp, Knokke-Heist, Aarschot and Sint-Genesius-Rode.
  • In the municipalities of Aalter, Wervik, Marchin, Frameries, Hannut and in all municipalities of the intermunicipal IMOG monies P + MD rules.
  • New PMD rules apply to the intermunicipalities VERKO, IDM, MIWA, IBOGEM, IVM, MIROM, ILVA, IVOO and BEP ENVIRONNEMENT.

More information on wether you packaging does or does not belong the PMD in your municipally can be found on www.betersorteren.be (dutch) or www.trionsmieux.be (french)

In the near futur, all these different scenarios must lead to the most viable scenario and simpler sorting rules voor PMD. Sorting correctly will become even simpler: all types of plastic packaging will be allowed in the PMD bag, including yogurt jars, margarine dishes and plastic film.

Recycling more is good for the environment and for your wallet! With the new sorting rules, we will collect and recycle even more packaging. And that means we're using less new raw materials, less energy and less CO2.

 

Attention!

  • Deposit only empty packaging;
  • Do not attach plastic cans to the fastening straps of the blue PMD bags;
  • The maximum volume of a packaging item placed in a blue PMD bag is 8 litres;
  • Deposit packages or containers, preferably flattened, with their lids.

 

Contact your municipality or intermunicipal company

Your municipality and/or intermunicipal company is in charge of the selective waste collection. You can find further information on their websites about collection times, collection points, recycling centres, container parks and second-hand shops (Kringwinkels/Ressourceries). 

Enter your post code below and you will immediately receive all the information you need to contact them.

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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. 

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.

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 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.

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.

PMD in your municipally

More information on wether you packaging does or does not belong the PMD in your municipally can be found on www.betersorteren.be (dutch) or www.trionsmieux.be (french)