Flanders’ Materials Programme

Categories: Eco Design, Biogenic fraction, Construction Material, Instruments, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Business models, Eco Production, Legal, Paper, Metal, Economic, Eco Consumption, Waste Prevention, Material fractions, Technical and Research, Glass, Communication and Education, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Plastic, Recycling, EEE, Product Service Systems, Wood, Other bulky items, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Collaborative Economy, Other Fractions

Organisation: 1) Government of Flanders; 2) Flemish Public Waste Agency (OVAM – coordinator of the Flanders’ Materials Programme)

Main partners:

  • Plan C (Flemish transition network for sustainable materials management)
  • SuMMa (Policy Research Centre on Sustainable Materials Management)
  • EWI (Department of Economy, Science and Innovation of the Flemish government)
  • AIO (Innovation & Enterprise Flanders)
  • KB (Public Governance Flanders)
  • FEBEM (Federation of Environmental Companies)
  • Vlaamse Confederatie Bouw (Flemish Construction Federation)
  • essenscia (Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences industries)
  • Agoria (sectoral federation for the  technology industry)
  • VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research)
  • KU Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • Bond Beter Leefmilieu (Federation of Flemish environmental associations)

Localisation: Flanders (BE)


The Flanders’ Materials Programme brings together the Flemish government, industry, university & research centres, and civil society in order to achieve Flanders’ transition to a circular economy and sustainable materials management.

No-advertisement sticker with legal backing

Categories: Paper, Legal, Waste Prevention, Technical and Research

Organisation: Brussels Environment (IBGE-BIM)

Localisation: Brussels Capital Region (Belgium)


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.

Maryland ban on disposal of yard trimmings

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Legal, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Montgomery County (USA)

Localisation: Montgomery County, Maryland (USA)


The Montgomery County DEP launched its yard trimmings source reduction program over a 2-year period (1994 to 1995), during which it targeted 180,000 single family homes, 250 landscape and lawn service companies, 30,000 multifamily and commercial property managers, conservation groups, homeowner associations, garden clubs, nature centres, public gardens, and nurseries.

Marks and Spencer Plan A on Packaging reduction

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Paper, Legal, Waste Prevention, Glass, Technical and Research, Plastic

Organisation: Marks & Spencer

Localisation: United Kingdom


Retailer Marks & Spencer launched ‘Plan A’ in January 2007, setting out 100 commitments to achieve in 5 years. Through Plan A, M&S is working with its customers and suppliers to combat climate change, reduce waste, use sustainable raw materials, trade ethically, and help its customers to lead healthier lifestyles