Public cleaning operators

Cleanliness concerns us all

Our well-being depends heavily on the cleanliness of public spaces. If uncleanliness breeds uncleanliness, clean streets provide a feeling of well-being and safety.

Cleaning programmes run by Bruxelles-Propreté and municipalities cannot alone guarantee a clean and pleasant city. Those using public spaces (residents, commuters, tourists, etc.) must first take action.



Simple steps to adopt daily

If you observe these simple steps on a daily basis, it increases the efficiency of the work carried out by Bruxelles-Propreté and the municipalities :

  • Put out your bags or containers at the appropriate days and times to put out your bags.
  • Clean your own pavement (and shovel snow in winter) and pick whatever you have swept to avoid cluttering the gutters and blocking the drains.
  • Do not throw your waste on the street, near bottle banks or by public litter bins.
  • Small waste: use public litter bins or thrown them at home..
  • Large waste (bulky items, construction waste, etc.): use the services at your disposal

Heavy fines for fly-tipping

  • Only use public litter bins to throw small waste items, do not use them to throw your household waste
  • Do not place your glass bottles, jars and phials by the bottle banks, even if they are full (more than 560 bottle banks sites are at your disposal)
  • Use spaces or bags intended for your pet's waste.
  • Increase the awareness of your children and of those around you regarding respect for public spaces


How are the cleaning tasks shared?

  • Bruxelles-Propreté is responsible for cleaning regional and supra-communal roads (410 km).
  • Municipalities are responsible for cleaning municipal roads (1,347 km). In that case, Bruxelles-Propreté finances and supports their cleaning programmes. Note! Some municipalities rely on the human and logistical resources of Bruxelles-Propreté to ensure the cleaning of roads for which they are responsible.
  • The pavements and verges of buildings, whether occupied or not, must be well-maintained and clean. This obligation is the responsibility of :
    • the occupants living on the ground floor, facing the street, unless specified otherwise in a convention between the homeowner and their tenants
    • the occupants of the next successive floors, by ascending order, if the ground floor is not occupied
    • the homeowner if the building is entirely empty.

Bruxelles-Propreté also puts its know-how at the disposal of other regional institutions such as STIB, Bruxelles-Mobilité, etc.