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A Guide to Bulky Waste Collection in Belgian Cities
A Guide to Bulky Waste Collection in Belgian Cities
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Do you find yourself surrounded by old furniture, broken appliances, or other bulky items that you're itching to get rid of? Fear not, because several cities in Belgium offer convenient solutions for disposing of these large items. Whether you're in Brussels, Leuven, or Ghent, there are options available to help you declutter your space responsibly. Let's delve into the details of how you can make use of these services in your city.

Brussels: Free Collection for Residents

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Between 18 and 30 March 2024, the Service de la Propreté will be collecting bulky items in various districts of Brussels. The City of Brussels organizes two collections of bulky items per year, offering residents a chance to dispose of large items hassle-free.

Residents of Brussels are entitled to deposit up to 2m³ of bulky items for free in designated containers placed in neighborhoods. These items can include old furniture, mattresses, and electrical appliances nearing the end of their lifespan. However, it's essential to note that certain items like construction waste, garden waste, and tires are not accepted.

For those unable to transport their bulky items to the designated containers, the option of requesting a home collection is available. This service caters to individuals who may face difficulties in mobility.

Accepted and Rejected Items

Accepted Items:

  • Disassembled furniture

  • Mattresses

  • Electrical appliances (e.g., refrigerators, Hi-Fi equipment)

  • Tools (e.g., lawnmowers)

  • Hard plastics (e.g., toys)

  • Oil

Rejected Items:

  • Household waste

  • Construction waste (e.g., bricks, plaster)

  • Garden waste (e.g., branches, grass clippings)

  • Tires

In addition to bulky items, small household chemical waste (up to 30 liters) can also be disposed of through Proxy Chimik, with some exceptions.

Dates and Locations

The collection of bulky items is carried out in various neighborhoods of Brussels on specific dates. Residents can find collection points staffed by workers from the Service de la Propreté at designated locations and times. It's important to refer to the schedule provided by the city administration for accurate information regarding dates and locations.

For detailed information about specific dates and locations in each neighborhood, residents can consult the official announcements or visit the city's website.

Leuven and Ghent: On-Demand Collection

While Brussels offers free collection services for residents, cities like Leuven and Ghent provide bulky waste collection on-demand, but for a fee. Residents of these cities can request a collection for their bulky items by following the guidelines provided by the respective city administrations.

For residents of Leuven, information about bulky waste collection can be found on the official website. Similarly, residents of Ghent can refer to the IVAGO website for details regarding the disposal of bulky items.

By following the guidelines provided by your city administration, you can ensure a clutter-free living space while contributing to a cleaner environment. So, the next time you're ready to bid farewell to that old couch or broken appliance, remember to make use of these convenient disposal options tailored to your city's regulations.

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