In Nieuw-West, household refuse is collected in three main ways: in underground containers, by depositing refuse bags on the street before collection and in special wheelie bins (for organic and garden waste, and also for general waste). These vary by neighbourhood. The latest information about collections in your neighbourhood can be found within this Dutch special brochure (afvalwijzer).
Bulky waste is collected once a week from the pavement collection points. Deposit bulky refuse on the street on the day of collection, where possible in bundles of a maximum of 1 metre long and 40cm wide. Please note that anyone depositing bulky waste on the street outside of collection times will be subject to a fine.
Alternatively, take your bulky waste to one of city's waste collection points (in Dutch). Before taking any action, consider whether items such as appliances or furniture can be given a second life at one of your local second-hand stores (kringloopwinkel) – view a list of stores in Amsterdam (in Dutch). Also keep in mind that if buying electrical goods or appliances, shops will accept your old goods when you are buying news products.
Paper, cardboard & glass
Glass and paper suitable for recycling can be deposited in the street-side containers. In Amsterdam Nieuw-West you should find containers for paper and glass within a short distance of your home. If your items do not fit through the container opening, do not leave it beside the container but instead take it to one of the waste collection points (in Dutch). You can view a list of all containers here (in Dutch).
Textiles and clothing
Old clothing, towels, cuddly toys and shoes can often be reused or recycled. A list of locations for overground containers for textiles and clothing in Nieuw-Westcan be viewed here (in Dutch). It is crucial that all materials deposited are within a sealed bag. You can also choose to take old clothing to your local second-hand store (kringloopwinkel) or to one of the waste collection points (in Dutch).
Residents in Nieuw-West can now recycle plastic packaging by depositing their plastic waste in the dedicated plastic containers – grey and orange bins, clearly marked as ‘Plastic verpakkingen’. The plastic containers in Nieuw-West can be found in this list (in Dutch). These can be used for empty plastic packaging, such as trays, cups, lids, bread bags, bottles, plastic wrap, flasks, pots, bags and tubes. When transferring these items to the plastic containers, it is important to only use clear bags – not black or green refuse bags. Other types of plastic should be discarded as part of your household refuse.
Minor chemical waste
Items such as used alkaline batteries, energy saving light bulbs, rechargeable batteries, oils or old paint are harmful to the environment and should never be discarded within your household refuse. They can safely be disposed of at the city's waste collection points (in Dutch). A growing number of supermarkets, hardware stores and other shops also have bins for depositing light bulbs and batteries. Old medicine can be returned to your local pharmacist.
The Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD Amsterdam) can help with pest control issues in the city, such as problems with rats, feral pigeons, wasps and cockroaches. For more information about the services provided by the pest control department you can either call 020-555 5600 (Mon-Fri 8:00-18:00) or use the GGD contact form (in Dutch).