Brussels waste management company sentenced for unfair trade practices
Saturday, 16 April 2016
Bruxelles-Propreté has been instructed by a local court to stop charging lower prices than those foreseen by regulations in Brussels. As reported on Saturday (16 April) by L’Echo, the francophone commercial court in Brussels ruled that the company otherwise would have to pay 5 000 euros per infringement.
Bruxelles-Propreté is tasked with keeping the public spaces clean and tidy, as well as waste collection and management in the Brussels-Capital Region. It also organizes prevention and awareness campaigns on waste, recycling and similar matters.
MCA Recycling Company, which operates in waste collection for businesses, had brought an injunction against Bruxelles-Propreté, suspected of violating a decree of the Brussels government on the pricing of its services.
Bruxelles-Propreté was accused of charging lower prices than its own costs and generally lower than those charged by competitors.
The decree allows for exemptions to the pricelist in case of processing large volumes of waste but according to the court the quantities are not defined in the decree. Bruxelles-Propreté did not explain its pricing policy referring to business confidentiality.