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 paper serviettes*
    Exceptionally, during this pandemic period, please dispose of tissues and serviettes 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.


Avenue Charles Thielemans 93
1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 13:00
on Wednesday also from 14:00 to 16:00
Reception also available on Thursday from 16:00 to 19:00


Place Antoine Gilson 1
1170 Watermael-Boitsfort

Opening hours

Monday & Friday from 2:00 to 4:00PM

Uccle - Hygiene Service

Rue de Stalle, 160
1180 Uccle

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 11:45 and 12:15 to 16:00.


Avenue Georges Rodenbach, 29
1030 Schaerbeek

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 12:00.


Town Hall
Place Henri Vanhuffel, 6
1081 Koekelberg

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

Call 0800 85 150 to find out the practical details.

Forest - Technical Centre

Chaussée de Bruxelles, 112
1190 Forest

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday from 8:00 to 15:30.
Friday from 8:00 to 11:00.
Tel. 0800 953 33


Square Hoedemaekers, 10
1140 Evere

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 12:45.
Tuesday from 17:00 to 19:45 as well.

Brussels City - Public Hygiene Service

Boulevard Anspach 6
1000 Bruxelles

Opening hours

Call 0800 901 07 to find out the practical details.

Etterbeek - Hygiene Point

Rue Gray, 7
1040 Etterbeek

Opening hours

Tuesday from 16:00 to 18:45 or phone 0800 257 55 for an appointment.

Anderlecht - Hygiene Service

Chaussée de Mons 627A

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 16:00.
Tel.: 0800 910 70

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, in the orange container or on its own, in front of your home. Please take your container back home as soon as possible once the waste collection truck has passed.