Collection and Recycling in the Netherland

Waste management specialists
Many waste collection and recycling companies in the Netherlands are waste management specialists and carry out a range of activities. Common among these are waste collection, the sorting and treatment of non-hazardous waste – such as construction and demolition waste, commercial waste, agricultural waste, confidential waste, and paper and cardboard – and the collection, transport and processing of hazardous wastes, including chemicals, hospital wastes and contaminated water and sediments.

Dutch waste collection infrastructure
In the Netherlands, waste is collected by local authority cleansing departments or waste collection companies. There are also numerous municipal waste recycling centres where people can take their waste. Each municipality operates its own waste collection system: some work with wheeled bins and underground containers, in other municipalities waste bags can be put out.

Cleaner waste collection
Waste collection in the Netherlands is becoming cleaner and more sustainable. Growing use is being made of environmentally friendly, electric or hybrid refuse collection vehicles. Diesel powered vehicles must be fitted with a particulate filter to significantly reduce emissions. Waste is also increasingly transported by rail or water.

Rising recycling rates
The Netherlands is one of the leading recycling countries. Glass, paper, garden and household organic waste, construction and demolition waste, electrical appliances and other materials are recycled. We are always trying to raise recycling rates and optimise processes. The Dutch government and industry have agreed that by the end of 2010 42% of all plastic packaging will be efficiently recycled.

Hazardous waste conversion
Wherever possible, hazardous waste is converted into new raw materials or energy. For example, some solvents are used as a fuel in the production of cement. Other solvents are refined to produce pure compounds, such as ethanol. Lead from old batteries is used in the production of new batteries.