Recycling and trash disposal

Recycling and trash disposal in a foreign country can seem a bit daunting at first. But nothing to worry, we’re here to help you out! 

The trash disposal system in the Netherlands is most likely different from your home country. While the municipality of Maastricht tries to help you to create as little ‘trash’ as possible, we at mymaastricht help you to actually understand what is going on with the garbage system. 

The main idea is that as much as possible is recycled and you should separate your trash as far as possible. 

Maastricht aims to be waste free by 2030. Therefore, the city has made significant efforts to improve the waste disposal system. Sorting your garbage helps it to be recycled properly, so that it can have the least harmful impact on the environment. It also saves quite some money when recycling properly! In this section you will find answers to questions such as:

  • How do I separate my waste?
  • Where can I take my waste?
  • When is the trash picked up? 

In the Netherlands we have many methods of recycling. You can leave your organic and general waste outside of your house on set days in set containers and bags. You can take your plastic, paper, cardboard, metal and glass to the local recycling location (milieuperon). Finally, you can take your less usual pieces of waste e.g. electrical appliances to the milieuparks. Get reading to find out how to best recycle! 


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