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The operation of the Interregional Packaging Commission (IRPC)

The tasks of the IRPC

The tasks of the IRPC include the following:

  1. Monitoring whether companies (parties responsible for packaging, aka “responsible companies”) and accredited compliance organisations are fulfilling their reporting and take-back (i.e. recycling and recovery) obligations.
  2. Checking the way in which the responsible companies and accredited compliance organisations meet their statutory recycling and recovery targets (expressed as a percentage).
  3. Approving or rejecting prevention plans of companies (responsible companies).
  4. Granting or refusing accreditation to the organisations responsible for promoting, coordinating and financing the selective collection, recycling and recovery of packaging waste.
  5. Assisting and advising the Regional governments, for example by creating consultative forums, providing logistical support or proposing legislative amendments.
  6. Conducting or commissioning studies and research into the management and prevention of packaging waste.
  7. Processing notifications in order to issue approval for planned shipments of waste that that does not originate from Belgium and will not be treated there either. Additionally, processing shipment notifications relating to an approved notification.

The composition of the IRPC

The composition of the decision-making body in 2021:

Flemish Region

Full members Alternate members
Ann De Boeck Luc Goeteyn
Nick Vliegen Roeland Bracke
Anneleen De Wachter John Wante

Brussels-Capital Region

Full members Alternate members
Marion Courtois Valérie Verbrugge
Céline Schaar
(Chair until 4 March 2021)
Stéphanie Thomaes
Stéphany Uny Milan Jousten

Walloon Region

Full members Alternate members
Sylviane Bilgischer / Lara Hotyat Guillaume Lepère
Vincent Brahy Marie-Hélène Lahaye
Martine Gillet
(Chair since 5 March 2021)
Jean-Yves Mercier

The organisational structure of the Permanent Secretariat in 2021

Departments under the Director

Marc Adams

Prevention, Research, Downstream External Audit and Transit department

Caroline Auriel
Head of department

General Affairs and Upstream External Audit department

Linda Vanden Broecke
Head of department

Accreditations, Declarations and Internal Audit department

Quentin Mathot
Head of department

At the end of 2021, the Permanent Secretariat had a total of 18 members of staff.

The 2021 budget of the IRPC

The actual expenditure of the IRPC in 2021:

Total: € 700,435.69

The IRPC budget allocation key, as set out in the Cooperation Agreement:

The Extended Producer Responsibility Interregional Platform (EPRIP)

The IRPC acts as secretariat for the Extended Producer Responsibility Interregional Platform, which was created in 2009.

OBJECTIVE

To develop a common understanding on extended producer responsibility (EPR).

STRUCTURE

The three Regions -> the three Regional authorities:

 
HOW

Structural exchange of relevant data.

EPR and litter

Through the Extended Producer Responsibility Interregional Platform (EPRIP), we have been working hard on a new cooperation agreement with two focal points.

On the one hand, the agreement aims to create an interregional framework for dealing with streams other than packaging waste that are subject to the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR). On the other hand, it seeks to pass on the costs of litter to those that cause these waste streams.