On 25 January 2017, the BCA cleared the acquisition of Van Gansewinkel by Shanks. In its decision, the BCA considered the market for the collection of household waste and the market for the collection of commercial waste in Flanders and Brussels (and its sub segment for large customers/projects), and the national market for the recycling of float and spherical glass. The BCA concluded that the acquisition would not significantly restrict competition on these markets as Van Gansewinkel is operating primarily in Flanders and Shanks in the Walloon region, and therefore the parties' activities only overlapped to a limited extent.

On 14 February 2017, the ACM also cleared the acquisition of Van Gansewinkel by Shanks. The ACM investigated the market for the collection of non-hazardous commercial waste, the market for the recycling of container glass, the market for the collection of packaged hazardous waste, the market for the recycling of packaged hazardous waste, the market for the collection of unpackaged (bulk) hazardous waste, the market for the recycling of unpackaged (bulk) hazardous waste, the market for the purification of commercial waste water and the market for industrial cleaning. According to the ACM, a sufficient number of competitors, including large players, would remain present on each of the markets concerned. In addition, the ACM considered that Shanks and Van Gansewinkel are not close competitors on any of the markets concerned. On these grounds, the ACM concluded that the acquisition would not give rise to any significant competition concerns.