Personal & Social Needs

Waste and Recycling

In Eindhoven, single-family homes in Eindhoven are provided with two bins by the municipality:

  1. A green one for fruit, vegetable, garden and other biodegradable waste.
  2. A gray one for residual waste.

The containers are emptied in alternate weeks. On the designated day and time you have to put them out on the street.


As in other developed nations, the Dutch are keen to lessen their impact on the environment by reducing landfill sites and energy use. Several kringloop (recycling) schemes are in existence, although these may vary slightly depending on the community in which you choose to live.

  • Bottle banks for recycling glass and plastic can be found outside many supermarkets, as can collection points for unwanted clothes and shoes.
  • There are often bins inside stores where you can put used 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 at recycling stations in grocery stores.
  • Old and/or broken electrical appliances are usually collected at the electronics store.


Check your local Community Guide for more information about what is available in your area. You can also find more information, as well as waste collection calendar on the website of the town hall of the place where you live (etc. Eindhoven, Tilburg (only in Dutch), Maastricht, etc.). 






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