Bagged refuse can be deposited in the dark green or grey containers with underground storage or be put out for collection on designated days. More information can be viewed can be viewed in this special brochure (afvalwijzer), which is also available in English. Please note that in Zuid, organic food waste is not collected separately from general household waste.
Residents in Zuid 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 Zuid 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.
In the Rivierenbuurt, Prinses Irenebuurt, Willemsparkbuurt, Schinkelbuurt and Buitenveldert neighbourboods, bulky waste is collected on designated days. Put bulky refuse out on the pavement after 19:00 on the evening preceding collection and before 07:00 on the designated collection day ensuring the collection services can easily access the refuse. For bulky refuse larger than one cubic metre, call 14 020 (the city helpline) to arrange collection.
In all other neighbourhoods, call 14 020 in advance to arrange collection of bulky refuse. Once you have arranged collection, put bulky refuse out on the street near the paving slab marked ‘huisvuil’ (household rubbish) before 07:00 on the arranged collection day. Ensure the collection services can easily access the refuse.
You can also take bulky refuse to one of the city's six 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) – Rataplan (in Dutch) or Juttersdok (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.
Paper, cardboard & glass
Glass and paper suitable for recycling can be deposited in the street-side containers. In Amsterdam Zuid you should find containers (in Dutch) 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).
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 a list of locations and times in Zuid [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 approximately 40 overground containers for textiles and clothing in Zuid. A list of locations can be found 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.
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 send fill out the GGD contact form (in Dutch).