The orange bag

Like any other bag, the orange bag is collected on a set day and there are specific rules for using it. You can put it in a free container to limit odours and prevent the bag from being torn open by animals before it is collected.

What waste goes into your orange bag?

You can put this in the compost bin

  • Leftovers from meals (including meat and fish scraps)
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Coffee grounds and teabags
  • Kitchen roll
  • Tissues and kitchen roll*
    Exceptionally, during this pandemic period, please dispose of tissues and kitchen roll in the white bag!
  • Food past its use-by date (without the packaging)

Do not put this in the compost bin

  • Fish and animal bones and carcasses
  • Eggshells, nutshells, the shells of oysters, mussels, etc.
  • Fruit stones and pits
  • Garden waste => green bag
  • Litter for cats and other animals, even if it is biodegradable
  • Wood ashes
  • Nappies (diapers)
  • Frying oils

What happens to the waste in your orange bag?

It is used to produce energy and compost

Once it has been collected, your food waste is taken to a biomethane plant. Bacteria and fungi turn it into biogas and then into electricity and heat. After that, the residue is composted for agricultural use. At present, 20 tons of food waste are sufficient to provide a family with all the electricity they need for one year.

Where can I find the orange bag?

The orange bags are sold in most medium and large supermarkets in the Brussels Region. They are sold in rolls of 15 bags of 30 litres, at a cost of around €1.5.

Don’t forget to buy your orange bags in advance. The best way to remember to do so is to buy a roll of orange bags at the same time as the white bags, to ensure you always have a sufficient stock.

The small orange container

To make food waste sorting easier, Bruxelles-Propreté makes available to families in Brussels a small and very useful orange container.

You can get one for free.

It can be kept in your kitchen or outdoors for collection.

You can use this small orange container right in your kitchen, for the daily sorting of your food waste – which should still be placed first in an orange bag. When closed properly, the container will prevent any odours or the occurrence of flies.

On collection days, you can put out the orange bag: it should be carefully tied, and placed on the pavement in front of your building.

If you’re concerned that wild animals might tear open your orange bag before its collection, you can put the bag in the orange container. If you do this, please make sure the bag is securely tied and not fixed by the metal hoop, so that the bag can be easily removed from the container. The Bruxelles-Propreté teams will remove the orange bag and leave your orange container on the pavement, so you can reuse the container for the next collection.

Do you need a small orange container? You can pick one up for free at ‘recyparks’ or from distribution points in several municipalities. See them here:


Rue des Quatre-Vents, 73-75
1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean

Opening hours

Every day from 9:00 to 15:00.
Preferably by appointment, but not mandatory, by phoning 0800 99 343
Or by emailing

Ganshoren - Waste collection centre

Avenue du Cimetière, 22
1083 Ganshoren

Opening hours

Wednesday from 8:00 to 11:45 and 12:30 to 14:00.
Saturday from 8:00 to 14:00.
Tel. 02 465 12 77


Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:30.
Tel. 02 761 28 24


Chaussée de Wemmel 100,
1090 Jette

Opening hours

Phone 02 423 13 17
Home delivery
Can be picked up at Chaussée de Wemmel, 100, 1090 Jette


Avenue Charles Thielemans 93
1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

Opening hours

Maandag t.e.m. vrijdag van 8.30 tot 13 uur.
Woensdag eveneens van 14 tot 16 uur.
Donderdag bijkomende permanentie van 16 tot 19 uur.
Verdeling tijdens evenementen: de gemeente informeert op haar website, Facebook en Wolumag.
Tel. 02 773 06 12


Place Antoine Gilson 1
1170 Watermael-Boitsfort

Opening hours

Monday & Friday from 14:00 to 16:00.
Tel. 02 674 74 78

Uccle - Hygiene Service

Rue de Stalle, 160
1180 Uccle

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 15:00.
Residents must present their ID card.
Tel. 02 605 16 60


Avenue Georges Rodenbach, 29
1030 Schaerbeek

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 12:00.
Residents must present their ID card.
Tel. 0800 939 88


Town Hall
Place Henri Vanhuffel, 6
1081 Koekelberg
Tel. 02 600 15 01

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 12:00.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 13:30 to 16:45.

Ixelles - Ixelles Public Property Service

Chaussée d’Ixelles 168
1050 Ixelles

Opening hours

By appointment: phone 0800 85 150 or 02 515 68 68.
The container is collected on Rue Vandenbroeck, 56-58, 1050 Ixelles (ring the door phone).

Forest - Technical Centre

Chaussée de Bruxelles, 112
1190 Forest

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday from 8:00 to 16:30.
Friday from 8:00 to 12:00.
Tel. 0800 953 33 or 02 370 26 65


Square Hoedemaekers, 10 (at Front Office)
1140 Evere

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 12:00.
Tuesday from 16:00 to 19:30.
Tel. 02 247 62 62

Brussels City - Public Hygiene Service

Quai de la Voirie, 1
1000 Bruxelles

Opening hours

Tuesday from 9:00 to 12:00
Thursday from 12:00 to 16:00
Residents must present their ID card.
Tel. 02 279 22 11

Etterbeek - Hygiene Point

Rue Gray, 7
1040 Etterbeek

Opening hours

Tuesday from 16:00 to 18:45.
Or by appointment on other days of the week from 9:30 to 10:30 and 14:30 to 15:30:
– by phoning 0800 257 55
– by emailing or
Except on Tuesday afternoon between 14:30 and 15:30

Anderlecht - Hygiene Service

Chaussée de Mons 627A
1070 Anderlecht

Opening hours

Send an email request to
Can be picked up without an appointment between 8:00 and 16:00.
Tel. 0800 91 070

When should you put your orange bag out?

Your orange bag is collected once a week by Bruxelles-Propreté. To find out the collection day and time in your neighbourhood, please consult the collection calendar at

Consult the calendar

Download the App

Please note: you cannot throw your food waste directly into the orange container. You need to put your orange bag, on its own or in the orange container, in front of your home. Please take your container back home as soon as possible once the waste collection truck has passed.

If you live in an apartment block that has its own large containers in a waste bins room, you will find a large (240 litres) orange container in that room before May 2023. You will be notified of this by mail. You can immediately place your orange bags in this container, ensuring they are securely tied. Before then, you can put out the bags on the pavement on door-to-door collection day.

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