Because it is compulsory in the Brussels Region from 15 May 2023.
Over the last few years, Brussels residents have been able to sort their food waste by using an orange bag, albeit on a voluntary basis.
In May 2023, food waste sorting became compulsory for all households. Only certain waste, such as bones or shells, can now be thrown into the white bag. All other food waste must to be thrown into the orange bag, or must be taken to a neighbourhood compost bin or placed in an individual compost bin.
There are several good reasons why we should sort our food waste.
Firstly, this helps to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfills or incinerators, whilst protecting the environment. Sorting food waste means it can be used to produce energy or fertilisers, so these materials can be reused rather than wasted.
Moreover, by not burning this waste in an incinerator or tipping it into landfills, we avoid releasing tonnes of CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. It’s a simple way to protect the climate.
Lastly, when the white bags contain less waste, they can over time be collected less frequently, starting with the less-populated municipalities. In the long run, this will result in fewer trucks on our streets and improved air quality across the Brussels Region.