Bagged refuse can be deposited in the dark green or grey containers or in the household wheelie bin. Wheelie bins should then be taken to the designated collection location after 20:00 on the evening preceding collection or before 07:30 on the designated collection day. If your household has a wheelie bin, you can find out its collection day via this Dutch special brochure (afvalwijzer). Please note that in Zuidoost, organic food waste is not collected separately from general household waste.
Residents in Zuidoost 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 15 plastic containers and the locations of these bins in Zuidoost 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.
Bulky waste 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. Find out your local collection day via this special brochure (in Dutch). 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 collect your old goods when you are buying replacement products.
Paper, cardboard & glass
Glass and paper suitable for recycling can be deposited in the street-side containers (in Dutch). In Amsterdam Zuidoost, you should find containers 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 (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). 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 16 overground containers for textiles and clothing in Zuidoost. 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 (in Dutch).
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).