Recycling in a nutshell

It's clear that a lot can go in the residual waste. But what about the other garbage bags and bins? Are you well informed about the rules of sorting? Test your knowledge.



We start with PMD, but what does that abbreviation mean?

The letter P stands for "Plastic Bottles and Vials" which include:

  • Bottles of lemonade, water, milk
  • Yogurt drinks
  • Bath and shower products
  • Washing products and softeners
  • Dishwashing products and liquid maintenance products

The letter M stands for "Metal packaging" that is:

  • Beverage cans
  • Food cans
  • Caps and lids of jars and bottles
  • Aerosols of cosmetic products

The letter D stands for "Drinks" which are:

  • Milk cans
  • Soup cans

Of course, we also have the PMD exceptions.

Allowed are: plates, trays and bowls made of aluminum foil
Not allowed is: aluminum foil. This belongs with the residual waste

Paper and cardboard

Sorting paper and cardboard is fortunately much easier.

The following items are allowed in your paper container:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines and leaflets
  • Books and stationery
  • Letter and printer paper

And yes, here too we have an exception.

Not allowed: Dirty or greasy paper, wallpaper, plastic and styrofoam Attention: plastic around magazine must be removed


In glass container you throw:

  • Bottles
  • Flacons
  • Goblets

Again, we have exceptions.

Caps and lids, "flat" glass such as panes and mirrors, glasses or crystalware are not allowed in the glass container. You must hand these in at the environmental site.

Organic waste (is called GFT in Belgium)

You may dispose of the following waste:

  • Manure from small pets
  • Shavings
  • Grass clippings, leaves and weeds
  • Cut flowers and house plants
  • Paper from the kitchen roll

Exception is:

  • Cat litter
  • Boiled food residues
  • Earth and sand

The recycling centre

  • Styrofoam
  • Hard plastics
  • (Car) Batteries
  • Motor oil
  • Old metals
  • Wood waste
  • Foils of all kinds
  • Bulky household waste
  • Plaster materials, gypsum boards
  • Construction and demolition waste
  • Green waste
  • Glass waste that cannot be collected

Attention: tires, dead pets, empty gas cylinders, etc. cannot be handed in at the container park. Feel free to ask a staff member for help. He or she will know where to take your waste.


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