History2019-02-12T16:45:37+00:00

Born from passion for innovation

Already in the 1950’s, polythene bags and films were produced on the site. Unfortunately, this business went bankrupt in 1982.

Immediately, Gaston Vanderlinden seized the opportunity and restarted the business under a new name : “Jemaco”. Continuous product innovation with a focus on environmental benefits and ease of use as well as flexibility and high product quality made the company’s fame. Always on the lookout for new opportunities, the company was an early adopter of compostable plastics.

The production of compostable bags and films was launched in 2004. In close co-operation with different international commercial players, a strong position in a growing market was built. In 2008, the company decided to fully focus all efforts on this market, with the objective to eventually discontinue all business in traditional plastics. Only four years later, in 2012, this was reality. Since, the company exclusively focuses on compostable products, made from renewable, natural resources. Consequently, Jemaco changed its name to the significant “The Compost Bag Company”.

Today, 35 people work at The Compost Bag Company site in Herent and our products are being used in over 25 countries on 3 continents. In 2017, the company celebrated its 35th anniversary.

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1982

1982 : Gaston Vanderlinden founds Jemaco NV.

1982 – 1994

Jemaco NV surprised the market with numerous innovations, both on product level (e.g. the draw-tape bag) and on the service level (e.g. Just-in-Time deliveries)

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1996

Erik Vanderlinden becomes CEO after Gaston’s sudden death.

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1997

Jemaco NV is awarded the ISO-9001 certificate for its quality management system

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1999

Compostable plastics are tested for the first time

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2004

Jemaco NV is awarded the ISO-14001 certificate for its environmental management system

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2008

Turnover from compostable products grows steadily at 35% p.a. The company decides to fully concentrate all efforts on these products.

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2012

Jemaco changes name to The Compost Company and exclusively processes compostable plastic mad of renewable materials

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2017

The Compost Bag Company celebrates its 35th anniversary and opens its doors to the general public on October 1st.

2020

The Compost Bag Company is widely recognized as a leading player on the European market of biodegradable and compostable bags and films made from renewable materials

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