The orange bag


So food waste can be recycled into green energy and compost.

Find your container

What is the orange bag?

It’s for food waste

Like most people in Brussels, you’ve probably gotten used to selective sorting to help protect our environment.

Please note that the orange bag will allow you to make an even bigger and more efficient contribution to that goal.

After all, food waste accounts for 40% of waste in the white bag. By sorting that waste into the orange bag, the process of industrial biomethanisation can recycle the waste into green energy and compost.

Also, you can lighten your white bag!
In short, the orange bag can be used for almost all your food waste.

What you can put into this bag

  • Waste from meals, including meat and fish
  • Peelings from fruit and vegetables
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea bags
  • Paper towels
  • Paper tissues and napkins
  • Expired foods (without their packaging)

What you cannot put into this bag

  • Bones, carcasses, fish bones
  • Shells of eggs, walnuts, oysters, mussels, etc.
  • Fruit pips and stones
  • Cat litter, even if biodegradable
  • Compostable/biodegradable packaging
  • Wood ashes
  • Baby nappies

An individual orange container

To help you use the orange bags, we can provide you with an individual container, free of charge and subject to availability. It’s highly practical and will prevent your bag from being torn open by animals before collection. The container will also spare you from any unpleasant odours.

Where can you get your container for free?

You can get your orange container free of charge by visiting one of our Recyparks (container parks) or from a number of Brussels municipality administrations. The concerned municipalities are: Anderlecht, Bruxelles-Ville, Etterbeek, Evere, Forest, Ixelles, Koekelberg, Schaerbeek, Uccle, Watermael-Boitsfort et Woluwe-Saint-Pierre.
Exceptionally, this container will be distributed at markets held in the city’s greener municipalities and at the car parks of some supermarkets until and including June. Check the distribution points near to you.

Rue de la rue
1150 Bruxelles
Dimanche et lundi: de 8h à 15h
Dimanche et lundi: de 8h à 15h

When should the orange bag be put out?

In Brussels, the orange bag is collected once a week. To find out the collection day in your area, please check our collections calendar and download our collection reminder here , which can be placed in a prominent place (fridge door, etc.).

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Please note : food waste must not be put directly (without an orange bag) into the orange container. You are requested to bring the container indoors as soon as possible after the waste collection truck has passed. The container or orange bag must be placed alongside of the wall of your home.