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Waste is collected according to the type of waste.

The collection of household waste at home is organized by the Brussels Capital Region (Bruxelles Propreté - Net Brussel). The collections take place twice a week for the white bags (once in Neder-Over-Heembeek and Haren) and once a week for the yellow, blue and orange bags. For the days of the collection:

The garbage must be placed against your facade (and not at the foot of a tree or around a public garbage can), the day before the passage of the truck or the previous evening after 6 pm. For a collection in the evening (after 8 pm), your garbage bags should be placed outside between 6 pm and 8 pm.

With orange bags, there is a risk of animals being attracted to the organic waste and tearing open the bags. This inconvenience can be avoided by putting the waste in small orange bins. These bins are available free of charge:

  • at the External sitecontainer parks (Recypark) of 'Bruxelles Propreté'
  • or at the Quai de la Voirie 1 - 1000 Brussels, at the following opening hours: Tuesdays from 9 am to 12 pm and Thursdays from 1 pm to 4 pm

If the collection of the bags has not been made (for whatever reason), the residents are required to take their bags, containers or bins and their content away from the public road. This must be done on the same day of the scheduled collection, at the latest at 10 pm. If your garbage bags have not been collected by the Bruxelles Propreté Agency, do not hesitate to report this to:

  • 0800 981 81

Glass containers

Glass has to be thrown into glass containers. Location of these containers (bottle banks):

External siteGlass containers

Frying oils and fats

Used frying oils and fats have to be thrown into the red OlioBox containers. Location of the containers for used oils:

External siteOlioBox collection points (in French)

Batteries

Batteries must be recycled and under no circumstances should they be disposed of in ordinary rubbish bags. Bebat gives new life to each used battery by extracting the metals and resources for reuse.

Find a collection point near you:

External siteBebat collection points

Light bulbs and electrical and electronic appliances

Recupel is the organisation that collects and gives a second life to as many light bulbs and External siteelectrical and electronic equipment as possible.

Sort this waste and drop it off at a collection point near you:

External siteRecupel collection points

Corks

You can also recycle your cork stoppers. Thanks to Recycork and its network of collection points, old corks are recycled for building insulation and other applications.

Find a collection point near you:

External siteRecycork collection points (in French)

Zero waste

The City of Brussels encourages the inhabitants of Brussels to reduce their waste production. The website Zero waste Brussels offers a series of tips and tricks for households who want to get started (consuming differently, reducing waste, saving money,...):

Zero waste Brussels

More info

As a reminder, sorting is mandatory in the Brussels Capital Region since 2010.

There are various options for the disposal of bulky waste.

Zero waste

Your items can still serve? Can they still be repaired? Give them a second life:

External siteI sell second-hand and/or I give it away (in French)

Collection by appointment by the Region

The regional agency Bruxelles-Propreté - Net Brussel collects bulky at home by appointment. The collection is free for up to 3 cubic meters per family, once a year. More info:

Collection by appointment by the City of Brussels

Bulky waste collection at home

Collection by the City of Brussels

The City of Brussels organizes 2 collections per year (in March and October).

Accepted waste:

  • dismantled furniture
  • mattresses
  • household appliances (refrigerators, hi-fi system,...)
  • hard plastic (toys,...)
  • oil

Refused waste:

  • household waste
  • construction waste (bricks, gypsum, roofing, tiles, parquet, wood, vinyl, doors,...)
  • garden (branches, grass,...)
  • tyres

Maximum 2m³ waste per family.

It is possible to bring small hazardous waste (maximum of 30 litres), except for acids, bases, solvents, sprays, photo products, white spirit.

Difficulties to move you? Request a collection at home via the coupon in the flyer that will be in your mailbox just before the campaigns.

Bulky waste collection March 2024

Container parks

Three External sitecontainer parks (Recypark recycling centres) are open all year in the Brussels Capital Region.

Traders are required to sign a contract for the disposal of their commercial waste at the External siteBruxelles-Propreté Agency or a External siteprivate company.

The contract lists the days of waste collection for the trader. Containers and bins should only stand outside during the days of collection and must be put back inside after the collection.

Used oil

Traders who have to use oil during their work are required to sign a contract for the removal of the used oil with a External sitespecialized firm.

Cigarette butts

The General Police Regulations state that all buildings which are not used for residential purposes (offices, shopping centres, hotels, cafes,...) must have sufficient ashtrays on the ground floor in proportion to the number of people who smoke in front of the building (Art. 18 of the General Police Regulations of the City). 

Construction and demolition waste by individuals, merchants, craftsmen and SMEs has to go to the regional container parks.

More info:

External sitePrivate companies collect construction waste as well.

Any medication you wish to dispose of (whether expired or not) should be returned to the pharmacy (without the cardboard boxes and leaflets, which should be thrown in the yellow bag).

Small chemical waste are products or materials that are harmful to the environment if not treated properly. The waste must be submitted:

Bruxelles Propreté collects Christmas trees after the Christmas festivities, on the day of the collection of green waste. The trees should be submitted without decorations or pot.

More info: 

You can give your clothes (that are in good condition) to all associations which have second hand stores. A label exists for the associations which have a real social purpose: the External siteSolid'R label.

Used textile can be deposited in the containers intended for this purpose. This clothing is sorted and sold within the projects of these associations. Examples of organizations that collect used clothing:

Illegal dumping can be reported at the Cleaning Service:


Public authority: External siteBrussels Capital Region

Last update on 08/01/2024

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