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  • Do's & Dont's

    Separating Plastic

    When I separate plastic, I DO separate:

    • Packaging of cosmetics (NO make-up);
    • Dairy packaging (e.g. milk cartons);
    • Cups for yogurt, whipped cream, grapes, salads or meat;
    • Plastic bags;
    • Sauce bottles;
    • Paper packaging, which has a small layer of plastic or aluminium (e.g. dairy product, juice boxes, soups and sauces);
    • Detergent packaging (non-chemical);
    • Toothpaste packaging;
    • Bottles (oil, vinegar, soda, dairy);
    • Plastic foil (folders/magazines);
    • PET-bottles;
    • Blisters (hard plastic packaging);

    But I DON’T separate:

    • Plastic products that are not considered packaging (e.g., toys, toothbrushes or garden chairs etc.);
    • Laminated plastic: this is plastic that has a small layer of aluminum foil (e.g. are strips of medicine or chewing gum, bags of chips and coffee packaging);
    • Styrofoam – packaging that contains fast food, platters of meat or filling material in packages;
    • Packaging of chemicals (e.g. buckets of paint, or bottles of turpentine);
    • Packaging with contents – if there is still some left in the packaging, please throw it in the normal waste bag;
    • Make-up packaging (e.g. small bottles of mascara);
    • Packaging of biodegradable plastic with the logo of ‘Kiemplant’. These can currently not be recycled and should be thrown in the normal waste bin;
    • Tins;


    Separating Paper

    When I separate paper, I DO separate:

    • Books & Brochures (including cover);
    • Gift-wrapping paper;
    • Egg cartons;
    • Toilet paper holders;
    • Envelopes (including the plastic window);
    • Corrugated cardboard;
    • Cardboard boxes;
    • Cardboard filling in packaging;
    • Newspapers;
    • Paper bags;
    • Post-its;
    • Printing and copying paper (including staples);
    • Folders and advertisement brochures;
    • Writing and drawing paper (including metal band);
    • Phonebook, yellow pages and catalog;
    • Magazines;
    • Tickets to concerts, flying tickets etc.;

    But I DON’T separate:

    • Wallpaper (vinyl and paper);
    • Greaseproof paper;
    • Packaging with a plastic inside (such as, for frozen goods);
    • Envelopes with bubble wrap;
    • Labels that have a sticky side;
    • Photos;
    • Plasticized paper and cardboard;
    • Cardboard coffee cups (the inside is of plastic);
    • Train tickets with a chip on it;
    • Diapers;
    • Orders or binders;
    • Paper bags for bread;
    • Toilet paper or other paper for hygiene (tissues, diapers etc.);
    • Pizza boxes and cake boxes, coffee filters, or paper that has food stains on it;
    • Stickers;


    Separating Textiles

    When I separate textile, I DO separate:

    • Clothing (including swimwear and underwear);
    • Shoes (per two, attached together);
    • Curtains, lace;
    • Bedding, sheets, pillowcases;
    • Towels, dishcloths, table linen, napkins and washing cloths;
    • Socks;
    • Accessories (e.g.belts, bags, ties, hats, hand shoes, scarves etc.);
    • Stuffed animals (washed);
    • Cleaning cloths;

    But I DON’T separate:

    • Tapestry and carpet (this should go with the bulk waste);
    • Mattresses, pillows and quilts (this also goes with bulky waste);
    • Wet clothes, textiles or shoes and clothing with stains. Please throw this in with the household waste;
    • Stuffing of pillows and stuffed animals, small cloths (<25 x 25cm) and yarn.


    Separating Glass

    When I separate glass, I DO seperate:

    • Transparent glass
    • Food:            
      Bottles (e.g. bottles for olive oil)
      Jars (for example spice jars, pasta sauce);
    • Drinks:          
      Wine bottles;
      Juice bottles;
      Beer bottles;
      Liqueur bottles;
    • Cosmetics:     
      Parfume;
      Deodorants (e.g. Nivea);
      Vials;
      Crèmes;

    You can leave the lids on and you don’t have to wash the glass before throwing it away.                       

    BUT I DON’T separate:

    • lightbulbs;
    • crystalglass;
    • trays;
    • milkglass (opaque white in color);
    • energy saving lightbulbs and fluorescent tubes. This is hazardous waste;
    • window glass and mirrors;

    If the glass does not fit in the container, there are three possibilities:

    • Take it to one of the Waste-points.
    • Add it packed well in a garbage bag, with the rest of your garbage
    • Add it packed well to the bulky waste for the pickup