The Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM) is considered an international frontrunner on sustainable waste and materials policy, soil management and the transition to a circular economy. The story of OVAM and our successes started four decades ago.
The ‘CE’ Center (Center for Circular Economy) is pioneering with the development of a set of indicators that will allow us to monitor our progress towards circularity.
OVAM hosts two international conferences in Antwerp: ‘World Resources Forum (WRF) Closing Loops - Transitions at Work’ and ‘Aquaconsoil’. OVAM welcomes more than 1,000 participants from across the world.
OVAM receives ‘The Circulars’ award at the World Economic Forum in Davos. By launching Circular Flanders, OVAM aims to further broaden the scope of the circular economy.
A new Materials Decree replaces the Waste Decree after 30 years, signalling the transition to management that focuses on the sustainable use of materials and raw materials.
Flanders puts sustainable materials management on the European political agenda during the Belgian presidency of the EU.
A new legal framework comes into force for soil remediation and soil protection.
OVAM stimulates the reuse of excavated soil originating from soil remediation projects by developing a regulation.
Subsidies are introduced to encourage cooperation between municipalities and recycling centers.
OVAM becomes one of the first organisations in the European Union to introduce regulation, the Soil Remediation Decree, which specifically targets the remediation of soils.
Creation of Fost Plus, a voluntary private sector initiative that promotes, coordinates and finances the separate collection, sorting and recycling of household packaging waste in Belgium.
VLACO, the Flemish organisation responsible for stimulating the sale of compost made from organic waste, is set up – later becoming responsible for independently certifying compost.
OVAM launches its first major awareness-raising campaign, ‘Smart people sort their waste’.
Environmental levies on the disposal of waste are introduced as the first Flemish tax.
OVAM develops its first waste plan in which the foundations of Flemish waste policy are laid.
The Waste Decree is approved, becoming a ‘birth certificate’ for OVAM, the very first Flemish government agency.
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