Sorting waste in your company
Did you know that the (unsorted) residual waste generated by companies still contains on average 50% of materials that could have been recovered if they had been sorted at source?²
Autopsy of your residual waste
The composition of residual waste varies depending on a number of parameters such as the company’s activity, its size, its location, etc.
In general, the type of container also influences the composition of the residual waste.
If you use a roll off container (20 m³), you will most likely still find :
- 22% wood
- 13% plastic
- 10% paper/cardboard
Do you dispose of your residual waste in a wheelie bin (type 1.100 litres) ? Then it can still contain :
- 16% plastic
- 13% paper/cardboard
- 8% organic waste
¹ « Sorteeranalyse van bedrijfsrestafval ingezameld door private inzamelaars », analysis of the composition of residual waste from companies – study conducted by OWS in 2017 on behalf of OVAM.
Sorting waste is easier than you think
Do you have questions about sorting your waste in your company?
You can find all the useful information on the new Valipac platform (only FR and DU)
Finding a waste collection service
How to receive an incentive?
Sorting is mandatory for all businesses
Did you know that it is mandatory in Belgium for all businesses to sort their waste? If you have a company number, then you are bound by this legal obligation.
Environmental protection is handled at a regional level. This means that the nature and extent of your sorting obligations will depend upon the region in which your business is located.
Sorting is easy to put in place
If you draw up clear guidelines, your colleagues will have no difficulty in following the rules for everyday sorting. This is particularly true in an SME, where the volume of waste is relatively small.
We all need to get involved in sorting! Use different communication tools to get the message through to everybody every day.
Sorting gives materials a second life
If you have followed the rules for sorting waste, then, thanks to the part you play in the recycling chain, your waste will become materials embarking on a second life.
If you have any questions on the subject of sorting your business’s waste products, you will find all the information you need on the new Valipac platform (only in FR and DU)
Finding a waste collection service
Contact a waste collection service affiliated with Valipac. He can provide you with tailor-made advice on the best way to sort your waste. Thanks to him, you will also be able to benefit from the Valipac incentives.
Here is the list of all the waste collection services affiliated with Valipac ranked by postal code, region and types of waste product collected. This list is updated at regular intervals, so don’t forget to come back to consult it again!
Incentives for your business?
It is a legal obligation for all businesses to sort their packaging waste proactively. To reward these efforts, your business may be entitled to a number of incentives linked to the sorting of your industrial packaging.
Why do we offer incentives?
Valipac’s mission is to provide evidence to government authorities of the recycling of any industrial packaging placed on the market by its members at the moment it enters the waste stream.
Recycling is much easier when waste is efficiently sorted at source, so everybody benefits. That is why we want to provide financial incentives to businesses that sort their own industrial packaging waste.
These incentives are not government subsidies but are funded by contribution fees from Valipac clients.
The incentives on offer
Working with a waste management company affiliated with Valipac allows you to combine up to four incentives:
- starter incentive
- container incentive
- recycling incentive
- bin bag incentive
Who gets it?
This incentive rewards businesses that use a waste container – with or without wheels – for the first time for sorting their packaging waste and that have never before received an incentive from Valipac.
This incentive gives a “kick-start” to encourage businesses to start sorting their waste.
A one-time incentive of € 100.
How is it paid?
This incentive is granted only once per company number.
Payment is added to the container and the recycling incentives, both of which are recurring incentives.
Who gets it ?
This incentive is for businesses that use containers for the sorting and collection of their industrial packaging waste.
The incentive is granted to encourage companies to continue sorting.
The container incentive comes into play for all categories of industrial packaging waste. It is a pro rata calculation based on the number of days of rental/availability. The amount depends on the type and number of containers rented.
How is it paid?
The incentive is a fixed-rate deduction from the cost of renting your containers.
|Type of container||Incentive||Volume of the containers||% of waste from industrial packaging|
|Wheelie bin||60€/container/year||> 660 < 8.000 litres||70%|
|Skip||80€/container/year||≥ 8 m³||90%|
|Plastic box||40€/site/year||> 500 < 680 litres||70%|
|Waste safe||60€/container/year||> 680 < 800 litres||70%|
Who gets it?
This incentive is assigned to businesses that sort the following:
- wood-based packaging waste (chipboard, wooden pallets that cannot be repaired, broken pallets, crates) destined to be recycled as materials (chipboard, compost, wood chips for playgrounds)
- plastic packaging
- PET/AP plastic strapping
This incentive encourages waste sorting inside businesses in order to make the recycling of specific waste streams more efficient.
The recycling incentive is calculated per ton and can be added to the container bonus.
- Waste from wood packaging: €10/ton
- Waste from plastic packaging: €30/ton
- Waste from plastic strapping: €50/ton
How is it paid?
The incentive is a lump sum payment per ton of waste transported to a recycling plant.
Bin bag incentive for small quantities
To encourage the selective collection of plastics in small quantities (film, EPS, strapping etc), Valipac has introduced a “bin bag incentive”.
This incentive can be added to the recycling incentive.
For each filled bag, you will receive:
- one incentive (for plastic film this incentive is capped at a maximum number of 500 bags per company per year);
- a recycling incentive for the materials in the bag. This incentive is calculated on the basis of an average theoretical weight per 100 litres of waste: 2.5 kg/100 litres for plastic film, 0.75 kg/100 litres for EPS and 2.5/100 litres for plastic strapping.
Suppose you buy 1,000 bags each of 400 litre capacity, which you fill with plastic film. Your incentive will be calculated as follows:
- Bin bag incentive : 1,000 bags x €0.5/bag = €500; limited to 500 bags → €250
- Quantity of plastic film in each bag : 4 x 2.5 kg = 10 kg
- Total quantity of plastic film: 10 kg/bag x 1,000 bags = 10 tonnes
- Recycling incentive : €30/tonne x 10 tonnes = €300
- Total incentive : €250 + €300 = €550
How to obtain your incentive?
It’s easy to get your incentive. You do not have to apply formally for it.
Work with one of Valipac’s affiliated waste management companies
The waste management companies affiliated with Valipac know everything about the system and will give you valuable advice on the best way to sort your waste.
Sort your industrial packaging waste correctly
Make sure you follow all the guidelines provided by your collection service. If not done correctly, your waste will probably fail the standards for recycling and you will not be eligible for the incentive.
Wait for your PIN code
At the beginning of the year you will receive an email confirming your PIN code for access to myCertificate, the app which manages the payment of incentives.
Log on to myCertificate
Thanks to myCertificate, administrative formalities are kept to a strict minimum.
Valipac pays your incentive
The amount of the incentive is paid by bank transfer to the account number mentioned in your account page.
Conditions for eligibility
Valipac’s incentives are paid out only for industrial packaging waste that has been:
- generated on Belgian soil,
- correctly sorted,
- collected by a waste management company affiliated to Valipac, and
- actually recycled.
Unless your waste collection service is able to provide proof that the complete amount of waste collected from you has been recycled, Valipac will not be in a position to pay out the whole amount of the incentive. In such a case we will make our calculation on the basis of a recycling coefficient based on the recycling figures that we obtain from your collection service.
If your company is registered with the Extended Producer Responsibility but does not comply with the packaging legislation, Valipac will be obliged to suspend payment of the incentive until you can provide proof that your company is fully compliant.
Are you compliant with the Extended Producer Responsibility?
Practical information about the incentives
Incentives are exempt from VAT and do not have to be invoiced:
- if you are able to allocate them to the cost code 74 (other operating income);
- if the documentary proof needed for your accounts can be taken from your account page;
- if Valipac prepares a tax certificate for amounts higher than €125 at the end of each year and transmits this information to the Finance Ministry;
- if your business operates from several sites under the same company number, meaning that you will receive one document listing up all the operator bonuses.
- Use your PIN number(s) that you have received to log on to your personal account page. If you work with several waste collection services, it’s possible that you will have several PINs.
- On your account page, you can fill in or confirm the information that concerns you and, as the case may be, see the amount of the incentive for which you are eligible.
- If your business complies with the legislation implementing Extended Producer Responsibility, or if it is not affected by this legislation, you will immediately see confirmation of the amount of your incentive.
- If your business is not compliant with the legislation implementing Extended Producer Responsibility, you will see the reason for payment of the incentive being withheld.