The non-profit organization (a.s.b.l.) Valorlux was founded by the private sector (retailers, importers and manufacturers) on October 2, 1995. Valorlux’ overall goal is to find a solution to the necessary obligation of recycling and valorising packaging waste imposed by the Grand Ducal order of October 31, 1998 .
The role of Valorlux was ratified on April 5, 2000 by the grant of the ministerial agreement on household waste packaging and such . Since this date, the acknowledgement of Valorlux has been renewed several times.
Valorlux has the objective of promoting, coordinating and financially supporting selected waste collection for household waste packaging and such in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Valorlux is constantly working on a global, sustainable and economically sensible solution to manage packaging waste from households and others in order to contribute to a better environment.
With respect to reaching the fixed recycling and valorisation rate, Valorlux focuses on:
The waste collection of bottles and flacons made of Plastic, Metal waste and beverage Cartons (PMC) in the blue bag is organised and payed for by Valorlux which has signed a contract with each community. Every other week the blue bags are picked up at your doorstep and brought to a sorting centre where the waste is separated into its fractions which are then brought to recycling.
Valorlux supports the waste collection which is organised by the communities, organisations and associations. This financial support consists of a fixed rate per ton of packaging waste brought to the certified recyclers. The system encompasses bottle banks, the waste collection at the door as well as operating the container parks for the communities. The collected materials are mutually defined by all beneficiaries.
Packaging waste and such is the waste which is used for groupage and transport of goods to distributors in large quantities. Essentially, this is carton as well as plastic foil. Valorlux has fixed financial assistance for this waste.
Valorlux has specifically focused on the collection of household packaging waste, which is in particular packaging that is designed for purchases. Other types of waste are not within the scope of Valorlux. These are mainly industrial waste (e.g. packaging for large tools).
Valorlux has set up a system to manage all household packaging currently on the market without excluding certain types of waste materials or products.
Valorlux greatly builds on the principle of shared responsibility: all parties involved in the life cycle of packaging are meant to contribute to a sustainable solution of the problem of waste packaging. The different actors are: