Sorting PMD is compulsory everywhere, including in the medical sector – places like hospitals, residential care centres and doctors’ surgeries. But how best do you go about it? How do you make sure that everyone is on board? And what about the packaging used for medical material?

Hoe begin je eraan


Analyse your situation, choose the right rubbish bins and bring in a professional waste partner.

Hoe verbeter je de kwaliteit


Keep colleagues, patients and visitors informed and monitor your results.

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It's a sustainable and logical choice, but it’s also a legal obligation!

Better safe than sorry

The PMD sorting rules for the medical sector

As well as the standard PMD food and drinks packaging, the healthcare sector uses a lot of other types. This includes packaging for disinfectant wipes, care products or medical material.

But which packaging can you put in the PMD and what does not belong there? Together with the sector, we have drawn up specific sorting rules, based on the better safe than sorry principle. We have to avoid packaging that may pose a potential risk for the collectors, sorters or others in the chain at all costs!

Download the PMD sorting rules for hospitals  (French version)

Download the PMD sorting rules for general practitioners  (French version)

Where do you start?

1. Analyse your situation

  • Which waste flows occur most frequently and in which locations?
  • What quantities are involved?
  • Where are rubbish bins located at the moment (indoors and outdoors)?
  • Besides the employees, are there any other specific target groups (non-native speakers or children) who need a modified approach to communication?
  • Where is the waste collected and which collection containers are provided?
  • What is the role of the cleaning team and how are the contents of the rubbish bins taken to the central collection point?

2. Choose the right rubbish bins and position them shrewdly

  • Put rubbish bins where people eat, drink or often pass by.
  • Gear the size to the expected volume and avoid overflowing bins.
  • Group the rubbish bins for the various materials – PMD, and residual waste, and possibly paper-cardboard and organic waste – together in sorting islands.
  • Provide a collection point with large containers per type of waste.

Download the rubbish bins plan for the medical sector (French version)

All you need to know about the choice and location of your rubbish bins


3. Bring in a professional waste partner

As a company or an organisation, you call upon a professional partner to collect and process your waste. You can add PMD to your current contract with your waste partner, but you can, of course, also opt for another waste partner.

Check whether your waste partner is affiliated to Fost Plus. That way, you can be sure that your PMD follows the proper path to recycling. These collectors can also provide you with the official PMD bags, bearing the words ‘PMD-Companies’. The official bags are also distributed by a number of cleaning companies.

Consult the list of affiliated PMD waste collectors

View our checklist for requesting a quote

Do you only have a limited quantity of PMD, comparable to an average family? Then can you call upon the municipal door-to-door collection system for your PMD. In that case, you use the municipal blue bags that you can buy in your local stores.

How do you improve the quality?


Keep colleagues, customers and patients informed

Make sure everyone knows that they have to sort their waste and explain exactly how to do that. Use every possible channel and means for this: posters, e-mail, internal newsletters, social media, etc. Staff meetings can be an ideal opportunity to raise the sorting issue. Involve your colleagues too – or the CSR manager – and bring them in as sorting ambassador(s).

Make sure that the sorting rules are clear to visitors, customers and suppliers. The Sortstore has lots of free communication material that you can use to get started straight away!

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Don’t forget the cleaning team!

Cleaning staff and maintenance workers play a crucial role in your sorting project. Keep them informed of your plans and explain exactly what you expect of them. Make sure they keep the different types of waste separate and put them in the appropriate collection containers provided by your waste partner. It is also important that they use the correct bags.

Provide training were necessary, too, on both the sorting instructions and the importance of quality.



Monitor the results

Once you have started, it is important to monitor the sorting quality of the waste flows closely. Analyse the quality of the flows collected and note the most frequent problems. Involve the maintenance staff and take account of what they have to say, as well.

Make good arrangements with your waste partner to obtain the information you need and analyse their reports and invoices. Monitor the quantities of each waste flow collected via the invoice or by making your own estimate of the number of bags or containers.

Motivate and give feedback

Communicate with colleagues and visitors about the results. Tell them how much is sorted and how the quality is developing. This way, you will motivate everyone who sorts properly and bring the last doubters on board. Don’t forget to thank everyone for their efforts!

Tell them about the positive points but draw attention to the areas that need improving and any sorting errors, as well. For example, bottles and cans need to be empty if they are to be given a new life. And don’t forget: a lot more can be put in the blue bag than before! Including yoghurt pots and plastic trays.

Why sort?

1. A sustainable and logical choice

Sorting PMD at work promotes sustainability. Because the more we sort, the more we can recycle. That way, we make sure that packaging is no longer lost in the residual waste but is given a new life as a valuable raw material. But it's also totally logical. Because we all do it at home. Employees, visitors and customers increasingly expect it, too.

2. Sorting, a legal obligation

As a company or organisation, you are obliged by law to sort your PMD. Incidentally, the same applies to many other waste flows, too, such as glass, paper-cardboard and recently, kitchen waste and left-over food. The competent services are carrying out more and more inspections – and the law sets severe penalties for infringements.

Full details of your legal obligations can be found here

3. Start now and receive a welcome bonus!

Did you know that as a company or organisation, you can receive a welcome bonus of 75 euros if you start sorting PMD now? So there’s no time to lose!

How do I get my bonus?

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