The asbl has had a significant impact on how Luxembourg residents sort their waste, and how producers, importers and distributors can work together on packaging.

Many people associate Valorlux with the famous "Valorlux Blue Bag", which allows Luxembourg residents to sort their packaging waste, including plastic bottles and flasks, metal packaging and beverage cartons.

Created in 1995, Valorlux is the joint initiative of producers, importers and distributors who put packaged products on the Luxembourg market. The aim was to implement an ecological and economical solution to the management of packaging waste of household origin while meeting the legal obligations in this area.

In 2004 they established the reusable shopping bag, known as Eco-sac, in collaboration with the environmental administration and supermarket chains. Since its creation, the Eco-bag has saved the use of 1.1 billion single-use plastic bags, i.e. 7,763 tonnes of plastic or 17,265,121 litres of petrol.

European demand for recycling

By 2025 and 2030, collection and recycling rates will increase and become more demanding. European targets are becoming more ambitious.  By the end of 2025, at least 65% by weight of all packaging waste will have to be recycled. By the end of 2030, at least 70% by weight of all packaging waste must be recycled. For plastic packaging more specifically, the minimum recycling rates increase from 22.5% to 50% by 2025 and from 50% to 55% from 2025 to 2030.

"To achieve these new targets, we need to strengthen the range of packaging waste collected. This is why, in 2019, at the request of the Environment Administration, we have launched a pilot project that will enable the 125,000 inhabitants of the 46 municipalities in the north of the country to put their jars, cups, trays, films and plastic bags in their Valorlux Blue Bag in addition to the usual fractions: plastic bottles and flasks, metal packaging and drink cartons," says Claude Turping of Valorlux.

Reducing packaging waste

In terms of prevention, again by 2025, the challenge will be to reduce the level of annual consumption of single-use plastic bags to 40 bags per person instead of the current 90. Reusable bags will therefore continue to be favoured. The Superbag, the fruit and vegetable bag launched in 2019, was one of the most recent new trends.