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How do I separate my trash?

When separating waste, it is important to know what types of waste there are and how you separate this from each other. Then waste separation does not really have to be very complicated. In this article we list what is covered by these types of waste and how you can easily separate this.

Separate trash for waste

There are various types of waste bins that help you in separating waste. These waste bins have several inner bins, so you can easily use gft or separate plastic from residual waste. There are waste bins with 2 inner bins, 3 inner bins or more than 3 inner bins. So think for yourself which waste you want to separate and which trash you need.

Plastic waste

Plastic waste is everything made of plastic. From packaging, to vials and bottles. New products are made from the collected plastic, such as building materials or new packaging. Nowadays, drinks cartons and cans can also be returned to the plastic. This is called PMD or PBD.

How do I separate plastic waste?

Collect plastic waste in the appropriate plastic bags. These bags can be obtained for free at supermarkets. It differs per municipality how plastic waste is collected. In one municipality there are containers for plastic, and in other municipalities you hang the plastic bags on lampposts along the road.

What is covered by plastic waste?

  • Plastic bottles (milk, water, soft drinks)
  • Vials (detergent, shampoo)
  • Squeeze bottles (sauce, oil)
  • Cups (yogurt, ice cream)
  • Blisters
  • Packaging (meat, cheese)
  • Drink suits
  • Tubes (gel, toothpaste)
  • Plastic bags and bags
  • Pots (butter)
  • Food cans
  • Drink cans

Gft waste

Gft waste stands for fruit and garden waste. Part of the organic waste is incinerated, fermented or gasified, thereby creating bio-energy. The other part is composted, which means that compost is made for agriculture and horticulture.

How do I separate waste?

You separate gft in a small container or in bags of compostable plastic. When the bin or bag is full, empty it into the green bin, which you then put on the road when it is full.

What is covered by organic waste?

  • Peel of vegetables and fruit
  • Eggshells
  • Tea bags and coffee filters
  • Flowers and plants
  • Garden waste
  • Sawdust
  • Food leftovers

Paper and cardboard

Waste paper and cardboard consists of everything made of (clean) paper. Paper can be recycled very well. It is being re-used up to 8 times to make new paper.

How do I separate paper and cardboard?

You separate paper and cardboard by collecting it in an old box or by putting it in the blue bin. Old paper is picked up once in a while (often by schools) and the blue bin puts you along the road.

What is covered by paper and cardboard?

  • Old newspapers
  • Leaflets
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Writing paper
  • Gift Wrapping
  • Cardboard (clean) packaging


Glass waste is waste that people produce and is also called packaging glass. When you throw glass into the bottle bank, new glass is made. This is used for new glass packaging for food distribution. Glass can be recycled infinitely often and thus saves a lot of raw materials and energy.

How do I separate glass?

Collect all empty bottles and jars in a large bag or crate. Bring once in a while to the bottle bank. Make sure that you separate white, green and brown glass from each other. Every municipality has various glass bins where you can throw in glass, often near a supermarket or shopping center.

What falls under glass?

  • Bathroom glass: cream jars and perfume bottles
  • Beverage glass: wine bottles, beer bottles and juice bottles
  • Kitchen glass: pots and bottles

Residual waste

Residual waste is waste that can not be separated and which ultimately burns. This incinerated waste produces energy that is used to generate electricity.

How do I separate residual waste?

You separate residual waste into rubbish bags, which you then place in the gray box on the road or throw into collection containers under the ground.

What is covered by residual waste?

  • Dirty paper (pizza boxes)
  • Broken drinking glasses
  • Waste
  • Bathroom waste (cotton swabs, sanitary towels)
  • Videotapes, DVDs and CDs
  • Crisps and bags
  • Foil packaging
  • Cat litter

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