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The first "waste" plan of the Region goes right back to the early days of Brussels Environment. Waste management indeed determines the image of cleanliness in a city, and the perception of the quality of life of our direct environment. The majority of inhabitants feel concerned by the issue of waste, since everyone adds to the problem on a daily basis. Not only does waste equate to pollution, it also represents an enormous loss of resources, in the form of raw materials or energy. The quantity of waste produced can therefore also be seen as a measure of the effectiveness with which our society functions in this regard, and of the sustainability of its patterns of production and consumption.
Another remarkable evolution can also be highlighted: waste is increasingly seen as a source of materials and income, and waste management is seen as an opportunity to create local employment within an urban circular economy.