Miscellaneous waste and miscellaneous waste bags

Maastricht is aiming to be a waste-free city. Together, we will avoid needless waste and separate any waste that we cannot avoid. That way we can reuse or recycle it to make new raw materials. If you separate waste properly, very little miscellaneous waste will be left in the end. That has benefits for you personally. The less miscellaneous waste you have, the fewer waste bags you need to buy. We collect miscellaneous waste door-to-door. We collect waste bags from low-rise buildings (houses) once every two weeks and from high-rise buildings (blocks of flats/apartment buildings) once a week. Starting 1 January 2022, we will be collecting miscellaneous waste from the entire city once every two weeks. Read here what belongs in the miscellaneous waste bag, where you can buy them, and how we collect miscellaneous waste.

Home collection

We collect miscellaneous waste door-to-door. See the Environmental App or the waste calendar to find out when we collect miscellaneous waste in your neighbourhood. You can also take miscellaneous waste to a recycling centre. Some high-rise buildings have underground containers for miscellaneous household waste.

Red and white miscellaneous waste bags

Miscellaneous waste that you put outside for collection belongs in the red and white Maastricht miscellaneous waste bag. Our waste collection crews will not collect any other type of bag.

Charges

The following rates apply in 2021:

  • 25-litre miscellaneous waste bag: € 11.60 per roll (20 bags)
  • 50-litre miscellaneous waste bag: € 10 per roll (10 bags)

You can buy the red and white Maastricht miscellaneous waste bags at various shops. For a list of shops, see the drop-down section on 'Where to buy miscellaneous waste bags' at the bottom of this page.

Complaint or report

If your waste bag has not been collected or if you have another question or comment, report it via the MijnGemeente app or contact us on 14 043.

  • Waste can often be separated. That is good for the environment and for your wallet too. Waste items that cannot separated before disposal are considered miscellaneous waste. Examples include tea bags, cigarette buts and ashes, chewing gum, face masks, tissues and balloons. In the Environmental App, you will find a handy, comprehensive waste separation guide. This yes/no list shows where each type of waste belongs.

  • You can buy the red and white Maastricht miscellaneous waste bags at various shops:

    Shop
    Address
    Zip code
    Town
    Albert Heijn Brusselse Poort 45 6216 CG Maastricht
    Albert Heijn Burgemeester Cortenstraat 8 6226 CV Maastricht
    Albert Heijn Helmstraat 4-6 6211 TA Maastricht
    Albert Heijn Plein 1992 6221 JP Maastricht
    Albert Heijn Scharnerweg 110 6224 JJ Maastricht
    Supermarkt Rouwenhorst Kasteel Schaloenstraat 40 6222 TP Maastricht
    Cobben Glacisweg 25 6212 BL Maastricht
    Ekoplaza Rechtstraat 48 A 6221 EK Maastricht
    Hannie's Winkelke Kasteel Schaloenstraat 62 A 6222 TP Maastricht
    Jackie Dijk-Rondagh Lage Kanaaldijk 46 6212 AH Maastricht
    Jan Linders Rijksweg 62 A 6228 XZ Maastricht
    Jan Linders Tongerseweg 57 6213 GA Maastricht
    Jumbo Franciscus Romanusweg 2 6221 AE Maastricht
    Jumbo Voltastraat 7 6224 EK Maastricht
    Jumbo Brusselsepoort 19 6216 CE Maastricht
    Jumbo Beekstraat 2 6231 LG Maastricht
    Jumbo Mosae Forum 5-6 6211 DV Maastricht
    Jumbo Roserije 303 6228 DR Maastricht
    Jumbo Malbergsingel 74 6218 AV Maastricht
    Plus Severenplein 24 A 6225 AZ Maastricht
    Plus Clavecymbelstraat 31 6217 CR Maastricht
    Plus Keurmeestersdreef 111 A 6216 ED Maastricht
    Plus De Mandel 7.02 6227 CS Maastricht
    Plus De Beente 86 6229 AV Maastricht
    Prima Baron van Hövellstraat 69 6221 VD Maastricht
    Slagerij Wevers Herculeshof 13 6215 BC Maastricht
    Spar / Supermarkt Garnier Pastoor Moormanstraat 160 6219 AX Maastricht
    Us Winkelke Herbenusstraat 83 6211 RB Maastricht
    Spar City Stationsstraat 9 6221 BM Maastricht
    Spar City  Boschstraat 46-48 6211 AX Maastricht
    COOP Sint Pieterstraat 72 6211 JP Maastricht
  • You can put your miscellaneous waste bags on the street on the evening before collection day from 7 p.m. onwards. Some streets have a central collection point. Our crews start collecting miscellaneous waste bags early in the morning, so be sure to put your bags outside no later than 6 a.m. on collection day.

    Do you live in the city centre?

    The waste collection schedule in the city centre differs from the rest of Maastricht. If you live in the city centre, you can put your miscellaneous waste bags outside from 5 p.m. onwards on collection day. We start collecting household waste at 6 p.m.

  • If you separate waste properly, very little waste will be left to put in the miscellaneous waste bag. Organic waste is collected free of charge every week, and you can take baby nappies and incontinence pads to a sorting station. These are two sources of stench that no longer need to be put in the miscellaneous waste bag. If you live in high-rise and do not have a balcony or garden, it can be challenging to separate your waste. The waste coaches in our Waste-free Team would be happy to help with tips and personal advice. Phone 14 043 or send an e-mail to afvalcoach [at] maastricht.nl.

  • We collect waste that quickly gets smelly, especially organic waste, every week free of charge (green bin). You can dispose of plastic and metal packaging and drink cartons (PMD), paper and cardboard, and glass at a sorting station at any time.

  • It has been shown (nationally) that the system of paid miscellaneous waste bags is more beneficial for waste separation than the DIFTAR Waste Registration & Identification System using containers, or no DIFTAR system at all. The immediate financial incentive ensures that people separate better and more often. That is why Maastricht is performing so well compared to other larger municipalities. When you separate waste properly, you end up with very little miscellaneous waste and there is little need to buy miscellaneous waste bags.

    • Make sure that you tie off your miscellaneous waste bag properly before you put it out on the street. Do not put it outside before you are allowed to do so. Together, we can keep the streets clean and stop pests.
    • Make sure that the bag is not too heavy. A 25-litre bag may weigh a maximum of 3.5 kilos, while 50-litre bags should weigh no more than 7 kilos.
    • Avoid having to pay a fine. Do not put out miscellaneous waste in any bags other than Maastricht’s red and white miscellaneous waste bags.
    • If you have any items of miscellaneous waste that do not fit in the red and white bag, you must dispose of them at one of the recycling centres and pay a charge.