BRUSSELS - Belgians are top in sorting out garbage. But what happens to the PET bottles we throw in the blue bag? Exactly how many PET bottles do we recycle? And does recycling really reduces fossil plastic production?

The questions turned out to be simpler than the answer: there are hardly any figures on pet recycling, and the official figures cannot be verified. In this three-part series, Isabelle Vanhoutte examines how pet recycling works in Belgium, what role Fost Plus plays in it and the risks associated with the fact that the plastics industry is very much at the heart of that recycling story.

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Isabelle Vanhoutte

Isabelle Vanhoutte (º1987) works as journalist and teacher. She has obtained a master's degree in history and art history. Since 2016, she writes about sustainable bottom-up projects and circulair economy on her blog kleinerevolutie.org.
€ 2.412 allocated on 12/08/2019.
Fonds Pascal Decroos