By sorting household waste properly, you help to reduce the amount of residual waste and contribute to the re-use of valuable raw materials. In addition, this helps us keep the waste tax low.
Residents of low-rise homes are in possession of separate mini-containers for household packaging made of plastic, tins and drinking cartons (PMD) and organic waste (GFT). A third mini-container for paper/cardboard is optional. Do you want to find out the day when they are emptied? Then take a look at the digital AfvalWijzer. Or check out the AfvalWijzer app. With this app, you can receive a message telling you when you should put out your container. For more information about the mini-containers see the tab ‘Emptying mini-containers’ at the bottom of this page.
Residents of high-rise homes bring their waste to underground containers. To enable efficient recycling the various categories of waste are collected in separate underground containers. These containers for glass, paper, textile and PMD are found throughout Amstelveen and can be accessed freely. The waste that remains – residual waste – can be deposited in the underground residual waste containers. These containers can only be accessed using a waste card. Each address is assigned two residual waste containers; only these containers can be opened with the waste card.
Notifications and complaints
Full containers, defect containers and added waste can be reported using the digital web forms at www.amstelveen.nl/afval. In case of reporting an underground container it is helpful to be aware of te container number.
Location of the underground container
To check for the nearest underground container of any category or to confirm which residual waste containers can be accessed with your waste card you can use the map below.
The following instructions will help you to find the right information:
Please click on the arrow in the top left of the map to open the menu. Click on ‘zoeken’ to unfold the option to enter your address. After filling in your address and pressing ‘zoek’ the map will show the two residual waste containers assigned to your waste card and all underground containers in your area.
Alternatively it is possible to find the locations of the underground containers by visiting the AfvalWijzer or using the AfvalWijzer-app.
Change of allocated underground residual-waste container(s)
You may change the underground residual waste-container allocated to you for another container. Please use the form that can be downloaded here.
Your PMD may be placed in the free PMD bags from the city. These will keep your PMD container nice and clean. You can also use your own transparent bags. PMD bags can be obtained free of charge from:
Waste Collection Station, Grutterij 26
Library Stadsplein, Stadsplein 102
Library Westwijk, Westwijkplein 1
MOC, Lindenlaan 75
Community center De Meent, Orion 3
Amstelveen Cityhall, Laan Nieuwer-Amstel 1
Schoolgarden Bankrasflora, Jeanne d'Arclaan 6
VBU / DUWO, Uilenstede 108
Villa Randwijck, Catharina van Clevepark 10
Villa Randwijck, Bourgondischelaan 3
Community center Alleman, Den Bloeyenden Wijngaerdt 1
Community center De Bolder, Groenhof 140
Community center Kastanjelaan, Kastanjelaan 21
Community center Middenhof, Dr. Willem Dreesweg 155
Community center 't Open Hof, Burgemeester Haspelslaan 129
Community center Pluspunt, Smeenklaan 1
Community center Westend, Westwijkplein 3
Mini-containers containing PMD and organic waste are emptied every two weeks. The only exceptions are a few collection areas where organic waste is emptied more often in spring and autumn. Paper containers are emptied once every four weeks throughout Amstelveen. In outlying areas, residual waste mini-containers are emptied once every four weeks.
- Put your container out on collection day before 7.30 a.m. in the official place.
- When you put out your container, make sure the local authority logo is facing the road.
- Put the containers next to each other between the white lines (with a 30 cm gap between them).
- Do not put the container behind any potential obstacles.
- Make sure the container is not heavier than 40 kg.
- Make sure the lid of the container is closed.
- Remove the container as soon as possible once it has been emptied.
- Do not put loose rubbish on or next to the container.
Keep your containers clean
If you clean your mini-containers regularly, they will smell better and there will be less vermin. Below are some tips for keeping the containers clean.
- Clean the mini-containers regularly using soapy water. Place the mini-container on its side and scrub with a wet broom.
- Place an old newspaper at the bottom of the mini-container. This stops waste from sticking. It is not a problem if a bit of newspaper gets into the organic waste, because the newspaper will decompose.
- Wrap meat and fish in an old newspaper and place them in the mini-container that is to be emptied first; this might be the residual waste mini-container.
- Allow any wet waste to drain well before you place it in the mini-container.
- Put the organic waste mini-container out for every collection.
- Put the organic waste mini-container in a cool place.
- Don’t pack the organic waste mini-container too tight; make sure air can get in.
- Make sure the waste in the mini-container doesn’t get stuck. If the waste gets stuck, the mini-container will not empty properly.
- Grease sticks to the sides and the bottom of the mini-container and makes it very difficult to clean. You can pour cooled fat back into its original packaging, or into an empty bottle, and then you can throw it away with the residual waste. You can also take fat to Waste Collection Stations where it is stored separately. Or see www.vetrecyclehet.nl for the nearest drop-off point in your area.