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Warning: container parks are closed in Wallonia, but they’re re-opening in Flanders and still accessible in Brussels, but only for urgent matters. We invite you to be careful and observe the security rules in any circumstances, as well as to keep your old appliances and light bulbs at home during this particular period. Above all, we ask you not to throw them in the household waste, in order to preserve the environment. Thank you!

The difference between professional and household waste

How do you know whether an appliance is professional or household? That’s easy: consult the Recupel appliance lists.

Objective criteria, such as weight and power, determine whether an appliance is household or professional. Both kinds can be present in a company or organisation, and this is called professional waste. Some examples:

a laptop = household

belongs to the group of portable computers/electronic business agendas (incl. computers with built-in printer and/or transmitting equipment and translation computers and all possible combinations including calculators, GPS, ...).


a hot drinks dispenser = professional

an electric or electronic dispenser, meant for the sale or provision, via self-service, of primarily chilled and/or heated products, which operates by means of entering a coin, a bank note, a token, a card/key or in any other way


a photocopier 35 kg or less = household

one of the unifunctional photocopiers and/or multifunctional appliances that combine several functions (fax, printer, scanner, copier, ...) weighing 35 kg or less


a photocopier more than 35 kg = professional

one of the unifunctional photocopiers and/or multifunctional appliances that combine several functions (fax, printer, scanner, copier, ...) weighing more than 35 kg

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