Waste & recycling in greater Amsterdam

Reduce your environmental footprint by recycling paper, textiles, plastic and glass and find out where to deposit household waste in your neighbourhood. No matter if you live in Amsterdam or another neighbouring municipality, take care to separate your waste properly, only using your household waste for items that cannot be recycled.

Household waste in the Amsterdam Area

In Amsterdam and other towns and cities in greater Amsterdam, it is normal practice to separate your waste in order to utilise the growing array of recycling options and work towards greener environmental solutions. Household waste (as opposed to recycling) is defined as general rubbish that is neither chemical nor dangerous but cannot be recycled. Your local municipality collects your household waste and typically transports it to modern incinerators, which in turn generate power or heat water that is used by local households or businesses. In other areas, landfill may be its final destination, which is why it's important to consider everything you discard in your bin.

What should you do with your household waste?

Some municipalities require you to put household refuse out on the street in (sometimes designated) rubbish bags on the day it is to be collected. Others ask you to deposit household waste in personal wheelie bins or containers on the street, which have underground capacity and are collected by the municipality on a regular basis. For street collections, be sure to allow easy access to your refuse when putting it outside so as to make it easier for the collection services to remove your rubbish.

Amsterdam residents can learn more about household waste in their specific neighbourhood via amsterdam.nl. If in doubt, contact your local municipality.

Organic waste

In more and more parts of greater Amsterdam, it's becoming normal to separate your organic waste, such as food waste, and deposit this in a special bin. This may then be used by your municipality  to create fresh compost. Alternatively you can purchase your own compost bin.

Waste collection points

Most cities and municipalities in the Amsterdam Area have their own waste collection points (the name may vary: examples include afvalpunt or recyclingperron). These are stations where you can deposit your bulky waste, construction and demolition waste, chemical waste, unwanted electronic/electrical goods, plastic, paper and glass for free. You can also take recyclable goods, products and furniture that will be reused by students or those less fortunate. Learn more about waste collection points in Amsterdam, or contact your local municipality to find your local waste collection point.

Bulky waste

Typically, bulky waste includes materials or items too large for household waste, such as electrical goods, appliances, furniture and garden cuttings. Many municipalities organise a bulky waste collection on fixed days each week, or else you may have to call and make an appointment for collection. Citizens who deposit waste on the street outside at the wrong time are likely to face a hefty fine. Typically, bulky waste can also be taken to the waste collection points.

Waste and recycling in Amsterdam

Learn more about waste and recycling in Amsterdam. If you live in a neighbouring town or city in the region, contact your local municipality for more details.