The Grand-Ducal Regulation of October 31, 1998 which came into force on January 1, 1999 has as goal to prevent, reduce, reuse and recycle packaging.

The people responsible for packaging are obliged to take back and recycle their packaging. However, they can transfer their responsibility to an officially approved company like VALORLUX.

The tasks of Valorlux are the promotion, coordination and financial support of the separate collection, the sorting and the recycling of household packaging waste in the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg.

Legal basis

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Legislation on packaging waste is increasingly strict and binding be it at a European or at a national level.

The amended grand-ducal Regulation of October 31st 1998 transposes into national law the European Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste as well as its March 2005 revision.

The regulation established several obligations the Party Responsible for Packaging has to abide by:

collection of packaging for recycling and/or recovery purpose in order to reach the recycling and recovery rates defined by the amended Grand-Duchy Regulation;
Information of the consumers about the measures taken to reduce packaging waste and what has become of the collected packaging. Yearly report to the Administration in charge of the environment;
Prevention actions in relation with packaging

The legal recycling/recovering rates are:

Glass 60%
Paper/cardboard 60%
Metal 50%
Plastics 22,5%
Wood 15%
Total recovery 65%

The Party Responsible for Packaging may fulfill his obligation personally or ask a registered body to do it for him: VALORLUX a.s.b.l. for instance.

In the name of its members, VALORLUX aims at reaching the recycling and recovery rates and the information and prevention targets imposed by the legislator.

Facts and figures

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Data 2012


Population 524,853
No. of local authorities 106 municipalities
105 municipalities with VALORLUX blue bag collections
116 municipalities benefit from financial support
No. of companies in system 1,076 membres
Packaging introduced to the market 53,175 tons of declared household packaging
10,281 tons of declared commercial packaging
Recovered waste 46,739 tons packaging waste
73.48% overall recovery
72.08% recycled
Types of packaging Household and commercial

In 2012, VALORLUX collected 90.56kg of packaging per inhabitant including 14.17 of PMC (Plastic bottles and containers, metal packaging, beverage cartons collected by blue bags), 59.69 kg was collected by the municipalities and 16.70 kg was commercial packaging.

Packaging organisation/s in Luxembourg: