We separate our waste in Rotterdam. This is good for the environment as it means that there is little residual waste left. A lot of our waste can be reused, such as paper, glass and old clothing.
Even plastic packaging, drinking cartons, organic materials and cooking oil can be reused.
But only if you put it in the right container! If you do so, we can give the waste a new life. Will you help us? If you are not sure which container to put your waste in, check the information below.
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What is allowed in the paper and cardboard container and what not?
- Cardboard boxes (including egg cartons)
- Wrapping paper
Tip: flatten cardboard boxes and only dry and clean paper or cardboard boxes are allowed.
- Milk and drinking cartons
- Dirty takeaway or delivered pizza boxes
- Sandwich bags
- Baking paper
- Throw in the residual waste container.
What is allowed in the glass container and what not?
- Bottles and jars
- Transparent toiletry jars
- Perfume bottles
- Glass roll-on deodorant bottles
- Transparent toiletry jars
- Medicine bottles
Tip: glass can be clean or dirty and with lids.
- Windows and mirrors: Take it to a recycling centre or secondhand shop.
- Drinking glasses
- Glass ovenware
- Porcelain or ceramic tableware
- Stone bottles or pitchers.
Take to a secondhand shop or throw in the residual waste container.
What is allowed in the textile container and what not?
- Clean and dry clothing (even damaged and worn out)
- Quilts and sheets
- Accessories (hats, gloves, etcetera)
- Hand towels and tea towels
- Soft toys
Tip: put it in a plastic bag and tie shoes together.
- Wet and dirty textiles. Throw wet and dirty textiles in the residual waste container.
- Take rugs, floor carpets or hard toys to a recycling centre or secondhand shop.
What is allowed in the organics container (food and garden waste) and what not?
- Vegetable and fruit waste
- Leftover food
- Garden and pruning waste
- Flowers and plants without the soil
- Straw and excrement from small pets
- Peanut shells and other nutshells
- Coffee grounds
- Bones and fish bones
Don’t use plastic bags with organic waste! Use biodegradable bags with an official compost symbol logo on it.
For free: bring your garden garbage and cut branches to a recycling center or make an appointment to have it picked up via www.rotterdam.nl/tuinafval.
- Cat litter. Throw this in the residual waste container.
- Sea shells
- Take quantities of excrement/horse manure to a certified collector
- Take large garden to a recycling centre
What is allowed in the residual waste container?
- Plastic packaging
- Drinking cartons
- Coffee pods,pads and teabags
- Cat litter
- Dog and cat feaces
Compress the packaging and use rubbish bags no larger than 60 liters that will fit in the container.
Did you know? A special machine separates plastic packaging, tins and drinking cartons. This way we can recycle better and get more out of these products. Want to know how this works? You can find information at rotterdam.nl/plastic.
Small chemical waste
- Light bulbs
Do not throw small chemical waste away with your residual waste as it is very bad for the environment.
Take this to a recycling centre or return it to the shop you bought it from.
Collection points for light bulbs are listed on wecycle.nl.
Cooking fat and frying oil
- Frying oil
- Baking oil
Put used deep frying oil and cooking oil back in the bottle or in another plastic package.
Deliver it to an oil collection point, recycling centre or petting zoo.
The collection points are listed on rotterdam.nl/vet.
Do not dispose of fat or oil down the toilet or the sink as it will cause blockages.
Used cooking fat and oil are used to make biofuel.
- Drying racks
- Large garden waste
- Broken furniture
Do you have bulky waste? Such as drying racks, fridges, large garden waste, mirrors or broken furniture. Or other items bigger then the waste container? Bring it to a recycling centre. It’s free of charge!
Are you unable to bring bulky waste? Then have them collected free of charge. Make an appointment on www.rotterdam.nl/grofvuil or call 14 010.
Construction waste, demolition waste, asbestos, roof tiling, tiles and earth will not be collected. Bring it free of charge to a recycling centre or call 14 010 to order a construction waste container.
Take small electrical appliances free of charge to a recycling centre, petting zoo or the shop where you buy new electronics.
All the collection points and the delivery services that take away old electronics when delivering new ones are listed on wecycle.nl.
Large electrical appliances such as fridges, washing machines and other white goods can be taken to the recycling centre or collected free of charge. Make an appointment on rotterdam.nl/grofvuil or call 14 010.
Do you have usable items that you want to get rid of? Give them a second life and take them to a recycling centre or secondhand shop free of charge.
The secondhand shop also collects large items free of charge (note: heavy items need to be brought to the front door at ground level). Make an appointment on hetgoed.nl.
Garbage bin collection days
Information about the day on which we will empty your garbage bin can be found on mijnafvalwijzer.nl.
Or download the free AfvalWijzer app from your app store. You can adjust the settings in the app so that you get a message in advance.
Put your garbage bin on the edge of the pavement or at your collection point between 6.00 and 8.00 hours on the collection day.
Containers in your neighbourhood
Bring bulky waste and usable items to one of the 7 recycling centres free of charge. The locations and opening hours are below.
- Recycling centres Charlois (Aploniastraat 12), Hillegersberg-Schiebroek (Melanchtonweg 139) and Prins Alexander (Nikkelstraat 131): Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 17.00 hours.
- Recycling centre Delfshaven (Keilezijweg 15): Tuesday to Saturday from 09.00 to 17:00 and Sunday from 09.00 to 13.00 hours,
- Recycling centre IJsselmonde (Hekendorpstraat 55): Tuesday to Saturday from 9.00 to 17.00 hours.
- Recycling centre Hoek van Holland (Prins Hendrikweg 56): Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9.00 to 17.00 hours.
- Recycling centre Rozenburg (Frans Halsstraat 2): Wednesday from 8.00 to 16.00 hours, Friday from 12.00 to 16.00 hours, and Saturday from 9.00 to 15.00 hours.
You can visit us 15 minutes before closing time. The Recycling centres are closed on public holidays. For more information, see rotterdam.nl/milieuparken.
- Is the container full, is there waste next to the container or a stuck rubbish bag in the container? Report it on the MeldR-app, or call 14 010 or +31 10 267 16 25.
- By 2050, Rotterdam does not want to have waste anymore. See rotterdamcirculair.com. Read more information on the page Afval.
- Any other questions? Call 14 010.
Avoid a fine
- Check that your waste bag is not stuck on the lid of the container.
- Do not put any waste next to the container.
Still not sure what goes where?
If you want to be sure what goes where, check the Waste guide on afvalscheidingswijzer.nl or in the app. Then you know which container to put it all in.