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Waste separation

Household waste should be sorted by type and put into the correct designated containers. There are containers for gft (vegetable, fruit and garden waste and food remnants), pmd (plastic and metal packaging and drink cartons), paper and cardboard, glass, textile, and residual waste.

What goes in each container

The different types of containers for household waste are listed below. For information on how to dispose of other types of waste, such as appliances, furniture, or construction and demolition waste, please see bulky waste.

Organic waste: container for gft (groente- fruit- en tuinafval en etensresten)

  • Fruit and vegetables scraps
  • Leftover meat and fish, including bones
  • Food residue (raw and cooked)
  • Gravy and shortening
  • Bread
  • Cake, candy and chocolate
  • Coffee residue, filters and pads
  • Tea bags and loose tea
  • Eggshells
  • Nutshells, pits and seads
  • Flowers and plants
  • Grass and leaves
  • Pruning waste and twigs
  • Garden soil and potting soil
  • Hay, straw and wood fiber for rodents including feces

Plastic and metal packaging and drink cartons: container for pmd (plastic en metalen verpakkingen en drinkpakken)

  • Empty tubes
  • Empty plastic bottles and jars (for drinks, sauces, shampoo, soap, cream and gel)
  • Plastic foil and bags (for bread, cheese and meat)
  • Plastic bags (except big shoppers)
  • Empty tin cans (for drinks, fruits, vegetables, meat) and tea lights
  • Chips bags and coffee packaging with metal layer
  • Blister strips of medicines and chewing gum (empty)
  • Plastic and aluminum cups and dishes (for yogurt, fruit, salad, meat)
  • Plastic and metal caps and lids (you can leave them on the bottle or can as well)
  • Drink cartons, empty (for milk, juice, yogurt)
  • Plastic plant pots (all colours except black)

Packaging glass: glass container

  • Jars for vegetables, sauces and sandwich filling
  • Jars and bottles for cosmetics and perfume (transparent glass)
  • Bottles for drinks, oil and vinegar

Jars and bottles may contain residues and lids, caps, corks and labels.

Paper and cardboard: container for papier & karton

  • Cardboard boxes (rip or cut in pieces)
  • Books (including cover)
  • Newspapers, flyers and magazines (without foil)
  • Envelopes (also with window)
  • Wrapping paper
  • Egg cartons
  • Paper bags
  • Printing, writing and drawing paper
  • Unused napkins
  • Toilet paper rolls

Residue waste: container for restafval

  • Grease and oil
  • Cheese crust
  • Nets of oranges, lemons and onions etc.
  • Coffee capsules and pods
  • Matches and ash and coal residues
  • Diapers, sanitary napkins and tampons
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Baking paper and paper bread bags
  • Cardboard coffee cups
  • Used napkins
  • Biodegradable packaging without the seedling logo
  • Wallpaper
  • Padded envelopes
  • Files and ringbinders
  • Labels, sticker sheets, plasticized paper and cardboard and photos
  • Plastic that is not for packaging (toys, garden furniture, disposables)
  • Glass that is not for packaging (drinking glasses, oven dishes, vases)
  • Non transparant, fire tight and black glass
  • Tableware, ceramics and plant pots
  • Empty spray cans, paint cans and sealant guns
  • EPS, Styrofoam and polystyrene boxes and packaging material
  • Cat litter, pet feces, bird cage sand and litter

Textile: textile container

  • Clothes
  • Accessories (shoes, belts, hats)
  • Towels, dishcloths, cleaning rags
  • Blankets, sheets
  • Curtains
  • Teddy bears

Textile may be torn and slightly soiled.

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