In Amsterdam West bagged refuse can be deposited in the dark green or grey containers which have underground capacity. It is no longer acceptable to leave bags of refuse outside on the street. The underground containers are regularly emptied and maintained. The latest information about collections in your neighbourhood can be found within this Dutch special brochure (afvalwijzer).
Either take bulky waste to a waste collection point (in Dutch) or put it out for collection on the designated day or call to arrange collection. Please note that arranging collection involves a fee. Fixed collection days vary across Amsterdam West, check when bulky refuse is collected (in Dutch) in your neighbourhood before putting it out. It is worth noting that in Amsterdam West, wood is collected and recycled separately, so when placing bulky waste outside for collection, it is handy if wood and wooden products are placed separately.
Residents in 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’. There are approximately 50 of these plastic bins in West, their locations noted 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.
Paper, cardboard & glass
Glass and paper suitable for recycling can be deposited in the street-side containers (in Dutch). In 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 city's waste collection points (in Dutch).
Textiles and clothing
Old clothing, towels, cuddly toys and shoes can often be reused or recycled. There are approximately 50 green containers for textiles and clothing in West, organised by the charity KICI. Click here to see the list of locations (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.
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) or taken to the Chemokar, a special truck that parks at designated points around the city. View the list of locations and times in West (in Dutch).
A growing number of supermarkets, hardware stores and other shops also have bins for depositing light bulbs and batteries; plus, there are also dedicated collection points in West for batteries, printer ink cartridges, CDs & DVDs, mobile phones and chargers. View the list of locations (mini-inzamelstations) here (in Dutch). 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 fill in the GGD contact form (in Dutch).