Organic waste

You can put your organic waste in your green bin (larger container or smaller bucket).  Organic waste is collected weekly and free of charge. We turn it into compost: a great nutrient for plants and a soil improver. On this page you can find out more about green bins and organic waste. You can also request a green bin or report something on this page. 

Home collection

We collect your organic waste every week, free of charge. You can put your green bin outside to be emptied every week, even if it is not full. See the Milieu App or the Waste Calendar to find out your bin collection day.

Green bucket or container (reports or requests)

You can request 2 green buckets or containers free of charge. The green bucket holds 25 litres. The green container holds 140 litres.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, see below.

Charges

You can dispose of organic waste free of charge and request 2 free green buckets or containers. If you need more than 2 green bins, you will be charged for the extra ones. Learn more under the heading 'Your green bin'.

Garden clippings

Per household, you can put 2 bundles of garden clippings outside with your green bucket or container every week. The bundles should measure no more than  150 cm in length and 50 cm in diameter. They should weigh no more than 25 kilos. You can also put twigs and small branches in your green bucket or container. Please cut them down to size, so that the bucket or container closes properly and can be emptied easily. 

Comments and complaints

Has your green bin not been emptied through no fault of your own? Or do you have another comment or complaint? Report it online or call us on 14 043.

  • You can put your green bucket or container out from 7.00 pm on the day before collection. Some streets have a central collection point. We start emptying the green bins in the early morning. Please, therefore, put your bin on the street no later than 6.00 am. Take your bin back inside the same day once it has been emptied. 

    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 green bucket or container outside from 5.00 pm until 7.00 pm on Tuesday. We start collecting organic waste at 7.00 pm.

  • The table below shows what goes in your green bin,  and how to dispose of other types of waste. 

    Yes please
    Potatoes and potato peelings
    Flowers and plants
    Bread, dough, rice, pasta
    Peanut and other nut shells
    Egg shells
    Cooked and uncooked food scraps
    Leftover fruit and vegetables / peels
    Cheese and cheese rind without a plastic layer
    Coffee filters, loose tea and coffee grounds
    Litter (hay, straw, sawdust) used for small rodents, as well as their feces
    Fish, fish bones, mussels and mussel shells
    Meat and meat bones
    No thanks
    Where to put it
    Compostable/biodegradable plastic (except for the compostable bags bearing the seedling logo) Residual waste
    Dead animals At the vets or the pet crematorium
    Hair and lint Residual waste
    Wood Wood waste (category A, B or C, separate containers at the recycling centre)
    Wooden ice cream sticks and skewers Residual waste
    Stickers (on fruit) Residual waste
    Cat litter and bird cage sand Residual waste
    Chewing gum Residual waste
    Cork Residual waste
    Baby nappies and incontinence pads Separate container at sorting station
    Pots and rocks Clean rubble (separate container at recycling centre)
    Vacuum cleaner bags and their contents Residual waste
    Tobacco, cigarette butts and ashes Residual waste
    Textile Clothing, textile and shoes (separate container at recycling centre)
    Tea bags, coffee pads/pods Residual waste
    Liquids such as cooking oil (from chip pan or deep-fat fryer) Deep-fat frying oil (separate container at recycling centre)

    In the Milieu App you will find a practical, comprehensive waste separation guide. A yes/no list shows what to do with each type of waste.

  • How do I request a green bin?

    If you do not have a green bucket or container yet, or if you want an extra bin, request it online using your DigiD or call 14 043. You can choose between a bucket (25 litres) and a container (140 litres).

    What should I do if my green bucket or container is broken?

    If your green bin is broken, we will repair or replace it. Ask for a repair or replacement (using your DigiD).

    I have a green bin but I don’t use it. Can I return it?

    No. Everyone in Maastricht is required to separate their organic waste. Every flat or house must have a green bucket or container, even if you do not use it. If you move, you must leave the green bin behind.

    How do exchange my green bin for one of another size?

    You can exchange your container or bucket for one of another size (25 or 140 litres). Request this online using your DigiD. 

    I would like to have more than 2 green buckets or containers. How can I arrange this?

    2 containers are usually enough, especially since we collect organic waste every week. Remember that you can also put out 2 bundles of garden clippings every week for collection. A maximum of 2 buckets or containers per household also allows us to make waste collection as efficient as possible.

    2 bins may not be enough in some cases(e.g. if you have a very large garden and a lot of garden waste). In that case, you can take the excess garden waste to the recycling centre, or you can ask for extra bins. You will be charged extra for each additional bin. The charges are as follows:

    • € 35,00 for every extra 25-litre green bucket
    • € 45,00 for every extra 140-litre green container

    What should I do if my green bucket or container goes missing or has turned up again?

    You can report a bucket or container lost or found online using your DigiD.

    Can I have a green container or bucket for my company, association, foundation or allotment?

    Yes, as long as your organic waste is the same as any household organic waste.  You can request a bucket or container online (using your DigiD) or by calling 14 043. Please note that you will have to pay refuse collection tax.

    I live in a high-rise building. Can we get a shared container for our building?

    This is possible in some cases. Call 14 043 or send an e-mail to afvalcoach [at] maastricht.nl.

  • Can I have my green bin emptied more than once a week?

    No, it is not possible for us to collect organic waste and garden clippings more than once a week while keeping the costs reasonable. The environmental benefits would no longer outweigh the costs if we did. You can take surplus garden waste to a recycling centre.

    How many buckets and containers can I put out at once?

    You can put all your green buckets and containers outside at the same time, provided they are microchipped.

    Do I have to pay to have my green bin emptied?

    No. We can make good use of organic waste by turning it into compost. We want to encourage everyone to separate their organic waste. Hence we collect it free of charge every week, from every household in the city.

  • Some addresses have a central waste collection point. Only place your waste at the collection point. This enables us to collect your residual or organic waste safely, and disrupt traffic as little as possible.

    Street Central collection point
    Arkebusruwe 1 - 87 (odd) and 6 - 92 (even) Corner of Arkebusruwe / Kurasruwe
      Corner of Arkebusruwe / Blijderuwe
      Corner of Arkebusruwe / Toernooiruwe
    Dassenstraat Weidmanstraat (green strip)
      Dassenstraat (green strip) up to house number 2
    Askalonstraat 7 - 53 (odd) and 10 - 48 (even) Askalonstraat from Sionsweg to Askalonstraat, house number 45
      Askalonstraat from house number 7 into the direction of Populierweg
    Heilige Geest Lamp post near Heilige Geeststraat
    Mariastraat Lamp post Kesselskade
    Jodenstraat Corner of Kesselskade / Jodenstraat
    Smedestraat Corner of Smedestraat / Wolfstraat
      Maastrichter Geis square and het Bat
    Het Bat 2, 4 and 6 Corner of Smedestraat / Stokstraat

    Collection point Eiffelgebouw (Noord-kop): Sphinxcour

    1H01, 1H02, 1H03, 1H04 (6th floor)

    1K01, 1K02, 1K03 (7th floor)

    Three-way junction Boschstraat / Maasboulevard

    Collection point Eiffelgebouw (Zuid-kop)

    Petrus Regoutplein:

    6H01, 6H02, 6H03, 6H04

    6K01, 6K02, 6K03, 6K04

    Three-way junction Boschstraat / Sint Teunisstraat
    Het Lindenkruis Organic waste: Lindenkruis and Maagdendries
    Corner and curve Prinsenlaan / Heerderweg On street corners at Heerderweg
    Corner of Heerderweg / Heerderdwarsstraat Nearest lamp post
  • There may be a number of reasons why your green bucket or container has not been emptied:

    • Your bucket or container was too heavy. A bucket may weigh up to 7 kilos, a container may weigh no more than 75 kilos.
    • You did not put your bin out in time on your scheduled collection day.
    • There was something in the bucket or container that did not belong there. Residual waste or plastic bags without a seedling logo or OK-compost logo will not be collected.  Your green bin should only contain organic waste (vegetable, fruit and garden waste and food scraps).
    • The waste inside your bucket or container had got stuck or was frozen to the bottom. 
    • The biodegradable bin liner with the seedling logo or OK-compost logo was taped or tied to your bucket or container.
    • The bin liner in your bucket or container was non-biodegradable or did not have a seedling logo / OK-compost logo. Black rubbish bags or other rubbish bags made from crude oil and other recyclates do not belong in the green bucket or container.
    • The collection crew could not reach your bucket or container (e.g. because it was behind a pole, fence or vehicle).
    • The cover on your bucket or container was not closed. Please make sure that no waste is sticking out of the bin.

    Has your green container not been emptied through no fault of your own? Report it online. Please note: we do not follow up on reports of improperly emptied containers when temperatures drop below freezing.

  • Why should I separate organic waste?

    Organic waste is very suitable for recycling. We use your organic waste and garden clippings to make compost.  Compost improves the health of our soil, which is good for the environment. Local farmers use it on their fields or manufacturers mix it into bags of potting soil. By separating your organic waste, you contribute to nature's way of recycling.

    Organic waste separation also saves you money. The less organic material ends up in your residual waste, the fewer residual waste bags you need to buy.

    Separating organic waste also helps prevent odours, keeping vermin out of your home. Together we can keep Maastricht a clean and pleasant place to live.

    Did you know that food scraps still often end up in the residual waste bag? About 35% to 40% of the waste in residual waste bags consists of food scraps. We can all do our part to improve recycling rates.

    Can biodegradable packaging go with organic waste?

    Biodegradable plastic packaging is residual waste, and does not go in the green bin (contrary to popular belief). Biodegradable plastic does not compost fast enough to make compost, and contaminates the recycling process. 

    You can use a biodegradable bin liner to keep your green bin clean. Please note: only use bags with a seedling logo or OK-compost logo.

    What happens to the organic waste from my green bin?

    We take the organic waste from your green bin to the composting facility at Maastricht Beatrixhaven. It is turned into compost and sent to local farmers or potting soil manufacturers. The potting soil may be sold at garden centres. Compost improves the soil and makes it more fertile.

    What happens to organic waste if I put it in the residual waste bag?

    The waste in the residual waste bag ends up at the waste incineration plant. If you do not separate your organic waste, we cannot recycle it. We can only turn it into compost if you put it in the green bin. Compost helps keep the soil healthy, which is better for the environment.

    Can't the municipality just separate/sort my waste at the plant?

    Post-collection separation is difficult, because unsorted (residual) waste is usually sticky and contaminated. Even when post-collection separation is possible, the quality of the isolated waste is often poor, making it more difficult to recycle. Organic waste cannot be sorted after collection because it is too damp. It is contaminated by other waste and no longer suitable for composting. Maastricht has opted to separate as much waste as possible beforehand, so that more and cleaner reusable waste is left.

    Am I required to segregate my organic waste?

    Yes, this has been laid down in the Municipal Waste Management Ordinance (Article 9 paragraph 1 and Article 10 paragraph 2).

  • How can I dispose of my garden clippings?

    You may place 2 bundles of garden clippings outside with your green bucket or container every week. The bundles should measure no more than 150 cm in length and 50 cm in diameter, and should weigh no more than 25 kilos. Use sisal or cotton twine to tie up the clippings. You may not put out tree trunks and other bulky garden waste with your green bin. You can dispose of bulky garden waste for free at your nearest recycling centre. You can also put twigs and small branches in your green bucket or container. Please cut them down to size, so that the bucket or container closes properly and can be emptied easily. 

    What about larger branches or other wood waste?

    Please do not put out thick branches/trunks, tree stumps or wood waste out for collection. You must dispose of these at the recycling centre.

  • Prevention is better than cure

    Organic waste that does not exist in the first place cannot become a nuisance. Plan ahead before you shop so that you do not have any unnecessary organic waste. Each person throws out 34 kilos (on average) of unexpired food every year. If you dispose of each type of waste properly, you can save money on residual waste bags. Go to the Milieu Centraal website for tips on how to avoid food waste.

    Tips for keeping your green bucket or container fresh and clean
    • Put your green bin outside for collection every week (for free), even if it is not completely full.
    • Place a page of an old newspaper or an empty egg carton on the bottom of the green container or bucket. It will keep the waste from sticking to the bottom.
    • Do not throw wet waste into the container or bucket to keep it from fermenting and causing a bad odour. Drain wet food in a sieve in the sink.
    • Wrap food scraps and fish and meat in a newspaper or a biodegradable bin liner to keep flies away.
    • Use a compostable/biodegradable bin liner. Make sure that the liner has an OK compost logo or seedling logo.
    • Put a bowl of fruit vinegar with a few drops of washing-up liquid near your green container or bucket to kill fruit flies.
    • Clean the inside of your container or bucket regularly. Use boiling water and a few drops of vinegar or green soap. Allow the bucket to dry before you use it again.
    • Place a newspaper or a layer of sawdust at the bottom of the container or bucket;
    • Place the container or bucket out of the wind, for example. in a shed or garage;
    • Do not pound the waste;
    • Drain wet organic waste first and then wrap it in paper;
    • When freezing, throw as little leaf and garden waste as possible in the container or bucket;
    • On the day of collection, carefully loosen the organic waste from the edges with a shovel (be careful, as the container is more fragile than usual due to the cold);
    • Has your green container or bucket not been emptied? Then please offer it again on the next collection day.