Standard de Liège Announces Partnership With Fost Plus
Yesterday, Standard de Liège announced a new partnership with Fost Plus for a pilot project to improve waste management in the Stade Maurice Dufrasne in collaboration with club waste operator SUEZ.
Fost Plus is an entity responsible for the collection, sorting and recycling of household packaging waste in Belgium. Through promotion, coordination and financing, Fost Plus gives concrete interpretations to the circular packaging economy. They recycle more than 90% of household packaging on the market annually thanks to efficient collection of glass, paper-cardboard and PMD. Fost Plus’ goal is to meet the European targets for sustainable waste management and UN Social Development Goals:
- 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
- 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
- 17: Revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development
This partnership is part of a broader strategic CSR policy on sustainability that Standard de Liège adopted over a year ago to reduce their ecological footprint. With the help of Fost Plus, Standard de Liège has thoroughly scrutinised its communication regarding the waste in the stadium. Fost Plus analysed the sorting infrastructure, its placement and signage. New sorting islands were installed with more legible signs. More sensitising messages can be seen on the scoreboard, on the LED screens around the field and the television screens in the stadium.
In addition, the traditional cups have been replaced by cups made of polypropylene. The material is ideal for recycling and tt was decided, together with Suez, to allow them in the PMD waste. That has a double advantage: firstly, this means that the PMD waste is no longer rejected due to the presence of the cups, and secondly, the cups get a second life thanks to recycling. Disposable cups therefore remain the best solution for us today compared to the Eco cup.
These steps have allowed Standard de Liège to achieve their goal: correctly sorting 95% of their waste. This is a measurement based on data from SUEZ.
Sacha Feytongs, Stadium Manager at Standard de Liège: “Thanks to this collaboration, we can take the sorting of waste in the stadium to a higher level. The expertise of Fost Plus comes in handy here.”
Charline Martin, Project Manager at Fost Plus: “Optimal recycling starts with a good sorting operation, both at home and outside. The efficient door-to-door collection system via the blue bag is well established in Belgium. Our ambition is to find a recycling solution for every household packaging on the market. To do that, we have to go a step further and collect even more materials for recycling. This sorting project at Standard de Liège is therefore important. It underlines the importance of working together with all parties towards a sustainable future.”
In the stadium, just like at home, Standard de Liège sort their waste!