Waste and Recycling


In many cities, household waste and organic kitchen and garden waste are collected separately, at set times. However, those living in apartments do not separate their organic and household waste. Instead, they deposit their trash in underground containers that are located near their building. A stadspas (city pass) is required to access these containers.

Check your local Community Guide for more information about what is available in your area. You can also find more information, as well as waste collection calendar on the website of the town hall of the place where you live (etc. Eindhoven, Tilburg, Breda (only in Dutch).


Several kringloop (recycling) schemes exist in the Netherlands, although these may vary slightly depending on where you live. Many areas have a policy that each house should have recycling facilities within 500 meters.

When you buy bottled drinks, you will sometimes pay a small deposit, which is refundable when you return the empty bottles to the grocery store. There are machines located inside grocery stores where you can deposit these empty plastic or glass bottles. You will receive a receipt, which you can use to pay for your groceries.

Bottle banks for recycling either clear, green and brown glass, and plastics can be found outside many supermarkets. In some cities, they pick up plastic.

Paper/cardboard is ususally picked up once a month. On the day of pick up, you are requested to bundle it and
place it on the curb near your house.

There are also collection points for unwanted clothes and shoes, often located near grocery stores. Before depositing the items into the bin, place them in a tied plastic bag.

Bins for used batteries and lightbulbs can be found inside certain stores, including most grocery stores. Larger items can be taken to your local milieustraten (waste recycling points).

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