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  • F.A.Q.

    Do's and Don'ts


    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;

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    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;

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    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.

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    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:     
      Deodorants (e.g. Nivea);

    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

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    Answers to some common questions

    How can I join WASTED?
    You should subscribe here - it takes just a few moments. Then you will receive a startup-kit which contains all the required information, with WASTED bags. If you have it, you can start separating.

    Can I be a WASTED neighbor if I don’t have a smartphone?
    Everyone is encouraged to take part in WASTED reward system. That means if you don’t have a smartphone, find people that do and create a group account. Invite your neighbors, your friends, relatives to become the main protagonists in transformative recycling culture.

    What do I do if I run out of WASTED bags?

    You can pick up new roll of WASTED bags at different locations in Amsterdam Noord: 

    • Huis van de Wijk de Meeuw (Motorwal 300) - Openings hours: Monday to Friday: 09:00-19:00, Saturday: 11:00-16:00, Sunday 11:00-15:00
    • Huis van de Wijk de Evenaar (Kometensingel 189) - Monday-Friday: 08:30-16:30
    • Huis van de Wijk Waterlandplein (Waterlandplein 302) - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 09:00-17:30, Thursday: 09:00-20:00, Saturday 11:00-17:00
    • Huis van de Wijk de Banne (Bezaanjachtplein 243-247) - Monday-Friday 09:00-20:00 
    • Recycle Kid (Van der Pekstraat 101-1) - Tuesday-Friday: 10:00-17:00, Saturday: 11:00-17:00
    • Schoenmakerette (Van der Pekstraat 54) - Tuesday-Friday: 09:30-18:30, Saturday: 09:30-16:00
    • Kringloopbedrijf De Lokatie (Distelweg 85) - Monday-Friday: 09:30-17:30, Saturday: 10:00-17:00
    • Beekhoven Bikes Fietsspecialist (Draaierweg 16) - Tuesday-Friday: 09:00-18:00, Saturday: 10:00-17:00
    • Lokaal Spaanders (Zonneplein 4) - Monday & Wednesday: 09:00-17:00, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 09:00-23:00, Sunday: 12:00-22:00

    Why should I scan the QR code and upload the picture of my bag every time I throw away the waste bag?
    This might seem an additional effort, but only by having the picture of your bag, the WASTED team can keep a track of how many bags you have submitted. As every bag equals 1 coin, when you login to the website you can see how many coins you have earned and what rewards you can redeem.

    What do I do if I forget my password / username?
    Just send an email to info@wastedlab.nl we will get back to you immediately.

    Where should I through away the WASTED bag full of separated plastic/paper/glass/textiles?
    We use already existing city infrastructure. WASTED QR codes are located on the standard recycling points, exactly where you should through away your separated waste.  

    What should I know before separating plastic?
    First of all, always put your plastic in a WASTED bag. It is important that plastic packaging is empty and as clean as possible – the most committed separators rinse the plastic before separating. Rinsing the plastic helps the guys at the recycling center to separate more efficiently.

    • Plastic with a small layer of aluminium, usually found on bags of chips or coffee packaging, should be thrown into the normal waste bin for the household waste. The metal layer cannot be separated from the plastics, which makes it impossible to recycle.
    • Yoghurt and dairy cups can go into the plastic bags. Don’t forget to take of the metal foil to put in the normal waste bin.
    • Note that plastics outside of plastic packaging should not be put in the PMD container. Examples: toys, garden chairs, etc. Small plastic things can go into the normal waste containers and large things can be recycled at the Afvalpunt.

    How much should one plastic bag weight to get a coin?
    1 bag of plastic approximately weighs 0.8 kg = 1coin

    What should I know before separating paper and carton?
    First, the paper that you separate should be dry and clean.

    • Important! Do not throw the WASTED bag inside the paper recycling bin.
    • Used tissues or pizza boxes with leftovers are not to be thrown in the paper containers.
    • Single staples, paper clips or envelopes with a plastic window can be thrown into the paper container. These will be removed during the recycling process. Please do remove the plastic foil that covers folders or magazines, any binders or plasticized covers.
    • Juice boxes should not be thrown in the paper containers, as they contain a plastic or aluminium layer. These can be thrown in the plastic containers.
    • Plasticized paper cannot be recycled and should be thrown in with the normal household waste. You can recognize plasticized paper because it does not tear very well.
    • Glossy magazines that are made of shiny paper can be thrown in the paper containers, although, please check whether the cover is not plasticized.
    • Books can also be separated with the other paper, but you can also take them to the secondhand store or give them to the library.
    • Remember to step on the cardboard boxes to make them flat before putting them inside the WASTED bag.

    How much should one paper bag weight to get a coin?
    1 bag of paper approximately weighs 1.3 kg = 1 coin

    What should I know before separating textile?
    Keep in mind that textiles, which you separate, could be damaged, but they should be clean (no oil- or paint stains) and dry.

    • After putting textiles in a WASTED bag, make sure that the bag is closed properly. It is important that the textiles remain dry and not become wet.
    • The worn out clothing can also be separated, even if the containers say that you should not throw it in. This has been discussed with the administrators of the containers.
    • There are more things you can throw into the bins than you would think. Stuffed animals, belts, shoes, hats and curtains are some of them.

    How much should one bag of textile weight to get a coin?
    1 bag of textile approximately weights 4,5 kg = 1 coin