In most neighbourhoods in Oost, bagged refuse can be deposited in the dark green or grey containers which have underground capacity. Residents in IJburg and houseboat residents can deposit their rubbish in wheelie bins which are collected once a week from a designated collection location. Please note that in Oost, organic food waste is not collected separately from general household waste. Neighbourhoods and collection days can be found here (in Dutch). The latest information about collections in your neighbourhood can be found within this Dutch special brochure (afvalwijzer).
Residents in Oost can now recycle plastic packaging by depositing their plastic waste in the dedicated plastic containers – grey and orange bins, clearly marked as ‘Plastic verpakkingen’. Locations of these bins in Oost 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.
If you are throwing away items that are still in reasonable condition, contact your local second-hand store to see whether they are interested in taking it. You can find a list of second-hand stores here (in Dutch). 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. For further information you should check with the individual shop. Other bulky refuse is collected once a week on designated days. Put items on the pavement on the designated day ensuring the collection services can easily access the refuse. Alternatively, take your bulky refuse to the waste collection points (in Dutch) at Cruquiusweg or Rozenburglaan.
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 waste collection points at Cruquiusweg or Rozenburglaan or taken to the Chemokar, a special truck that parks at designated points around the city. You can search for your nearest collection point here (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.
Paper, cardboard & glass
Glass and paper suitable for recycling can be deposited in the street-side containers. In Amsterdam Oost, you should be able to find containers (in Dutch) for paper and glass within 150 metres 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 at Cruquiusweg or Rozenburglaan.
Textiles and clothing
Old clothing, towels, cuddly toys and shoes can often be reused or recycled. In Oost, there are over 20 green containers for textiles and clothing (in Dutch). By using these containers, your old clothes, shoes and materials will be used to aid good causes. It is crucial that all materials deposited are within a sealed bag.
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 in the GGD's contact form (in Dutch).