As in other developed nations, the Dutch are keen to lessen their impact on the environment by reducing landfill and energy use. Several recycling (kringloop) schemes are in existence, although these may vary slightly depending on the community in which you choose to live.
Homes in the Eindhoven region, for example, are issued with two bins by the municipality, which are emptied on alternate weeks. A green bin is used for biodegradable kitchen and garden waste, and a grey bin for other household waste. Also in the Eindhoven region, paper is collected on a fortnightly basis.
Bottle banks for recycling glass can be found outside many supermarkets, as can collection points for unwanted clothes and shoes, and sometimes also batteries. When you buy most bottled beers and soft drinks (but not canned drinks), you will pay a small deposit, which is refundable when you return the empty containers.
Check your local Community Guide for more information about what is available in your area.
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