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Waste disposal

Each municipality has its own system for afval (waste). Refer to the municipality’s website for the most up to date information about afval inzamelen (waste collections), recyclen (recycling) and milieuparken (waste and recycling centres).

Waste is generally separated into two types: huishoudelijk afval (household waste) and grofvuil (bulky waste);

  • household waste is waste that is part of domestic daily life and doesn’t involve chemicals or electricity;
    • household waste must be separated into groente- fruit- tuinafval (vegetable, fruit and garden waste), recycling, or restafval (residual waste);
      • vegetable, fruit and garden waste is collected in special bins (depending on the size of the residence) and has a separate collection schedule;
      • recycling must be separated into glass, plastic, metal and paper and taken to local recycling bins;
      • only residual waste that is placed municipal afvalzakken (bin bags) is collected by the municipality, these bags can be purchased from local supermarkets;
  • bulky waste is waste that doesn’t fit a standard bin bag, such as debris, plaster boards and broken furniture;
    • bulky and chemical waste can be brought to waste and recycling centres, where it has to be divided into clearly defined waste categories;
    • for those not able to bring bulky waste to the waste and recycling centres, an appointment can be made with the municipal waste collection services where the bulky waste can be placed in front of the residence on the agreed date.

There are special bins at supermarkets and shops that sell electrical equipment for the collection of other items such as batteries, electronic equipment, ink toner cartridges, and even collection points for used frying fat.

Gemeente Maastricht has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, (follow #missionzeromaastricht on social media) and is therefore proposing changes to waste disposal systems, so there may be different systems of recycling and processing waste in the near future.