Promotion of decentralised composting in Brussels Capital Region, including

  • Individual garden composting of garden and kitchen waste
  • Individual vermicomposting (indoor composting of kitchen waste with worms)
  • Community composting

Target of the 2010 Waste plan is to reduce garden waste by 5 kg/inhab/year by 2013 and by 12kg/inhab/year (12,000 T) by 2020 compared to 2005.

This involves maintaing a compost master network, providing information tools and supporting community composting projects.


Since 1999, a sticker is available for the mailbox of Brussels residents by which they can choose not to receive unaddressed advertisements and/or free newspapers.

The sticker received legal backing through a regional decree, which entitles individuals to file a complaint if they receive unwanted advertising and/or newspapers in their mailbox despite having placed the sticker.

At present, the sticker can be requested for free by phone or email from Brussels Environment....

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The Irish plastic bag levy was introduced in March 2002 under the Waste Management Regulations 2001.

The tax is passed directly to consumers at the point of sale, and has thus been reported to provide a clearer, more consistent message than systems where retailers are responsible for the levy. The tax was implemented to ‘change consumers’ behaviour to reduce the presence of plastic bags in the rural landscape, and to increase public awareness of littering’. Revenues from the tax are paid into an Environmental Fund which is administered by the Department of Environment, Heritag...

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