This new system both simplifies sorting for the general public and represents a major step forward towards a recycling solution for all packaging put on the market.
The aim is to gradually extend the new system throughout Belgium over a two-year period between 1 January 2019 and 2021.

This development will make it possible to collect an additional 8 kg/year/inhabitant which, according to Fost Plus, should be processed in a limited number of state-of-the-art sorting centres enabling sustainable and high-value recycling. Belgium will therefore be able to achieve a recycling rate of 64%, well above the European recommendations (currently 22.5%, with 45-55% expected from 2025).

By means of this development, Fost Plus intends to promote the circular economy and ultimately aims to offer a recycling solution for all packaging put on the market.

You can read the Press Release here