Bagged refuse can be deposited at specially designed street-side containers that crush waste underground to a quarter of its original size.You will require an access card (huisvuilpas) to open the container lids.
Apply for your access card online (in Dutch) or in person at the district office at Papaverweg 33 or Buikslotermeerplein 200. The pass opens all containers, so if the container on your street is full, try another one in the area.
For a few smaller residential areas on the periphery of Amsterdam Noord, street collection is still required. The latest information about collections can be found within this Dutch special brochure (afvalwijzer).
If you are throwing away items that are still in reasonable condition, contact De Lokatie thrift store to check if they are interested in taking the items off your hands. Also keep in mind that if you are purchasing new electrical goods or appliances, shops in the Netherlands can receive and recycle your old product – either at time of purchase or delivery. If there is no further use for your items, take them to the waste collection point (in Dutch) at Papaverweg 33 (Struisgrasstraat entrance). If your car is too small to transport your refuse, you can borrow a trailer from the waste collection point.
If you are not able to take your bulky refuse to a waste collection point, you will have to wait for it to be collected. Since 1 September 2010, bulky refuse is only be collected once a month in Amsterdam Noord. To discover when your next bulky waste collection takes place, view the neighbourhood schedules here (in Dutch).
Minor chemical waste
Minor chemical waste (batteries, energy-saving light bulbs, paint, motor oil, etc) can be taken to the Papaverweg waste collection point (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.
Textiles and clothing
Old clothing, towels, cuddly toys and shoes can often be reused or recycled. There are around 160 bins for textiles and clothing around Amsterdam. In Amsterdam Noord, these are large red containers, clearly marked as 'Textiel'. Click here for a list of textile containers in the district (in Dutch).
Amsterdam residents can recycle plastic packaging by depositing their plastic waste in the dedicated plastic containers – clearly marked as ‘Plastic verpakkingen’. There are around 30 overground plastic containers throughout Amsterdam Noord, which 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 plastics should be discarded as part of your household refuse. Click here to see a list of all container locations in Noord (in Dutch).
Paper, cardboard & glass
Glass and paper suitable for recycling can be deposited in the street-side containers (in Dutch). These are clearly marked and can also be opened using an access card.
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 fill out the GGD Amsterdam contact form (in Dutch).