Getting the best out of waste, together

The municipality of Maastricht wants to reduce the annual amount of residual waste per resident from 114 kg in 2016 to 57 kg in 2020 – and even to 0 kg in 2030 (Zero-waste Maastricht). We can recycle waste that you have sorted. This is good for the environment and for your wallet.


The municipality wants to help you sort the waste as effectively as possible.

  • Vegetable, fruit and garden waste (GFT) must be disposed of in the specific container, which we will collect from your home (see your waste collection calendar).
  • Glass, paper and cardboard, packaging material made of plastic, and metal and drinks cartons can be disposed of free of charge at a waste recycling platform in your neighbourhood.
  • Charities come to your home to collect old or unwanted textiles four times a year.
  • Associations come to your home to collect scrap paper every month.
  • You can drop off usable goods at Kringloop Zuid second-hand shop or have these goods collected.

Household waste

Any residual waste can be disposed of in the following ways:

  • By putting it in the municipal residual waste bag (‘gemeentelijke restzak’), which can be purchased at various points of sale. This bag is collected from your home according to the times shown on your waste collection calendar.
  • Some residential complexes have underground residual waste containers where you can dispose of your residual waste for a fee. You will also need your waste card (milieupas).
  • You can also take your household residual waste to a recycling centre.
  • Bulky household waste such as furniture, lounge suites, wood, and rubble can be disposed of at a waste drop off. Alternatively, you can have this waste collected by the collection service MTB.


We ensure that the waste you sort is recycled by authorized waste processors. That way, we can preserve valuable raw materials and make new products from them, such as compost and cardboard. In many cases, you do not have to pay for the collection of sorted waste that is suitable for recycling.

Unfortunately, unsorted waste is incinerated in incineration plants, wasting valuable resources. This is bad for the environment and bad for your wallet, as you can sort most waste at no extra cost.

Regional cooperation

Since 1 December 2017, the municipalities of Maastricht, Meerssen, and Valkenburg aan de Geul have been working together with Reinigingsdiensten Rd4 (Rd4 cleaning services) as part of the Gemeenschappelijke Regeling Geul en Maas (GR, Joint Geul and Meuse Regulations). Reinigingsdiensten Rd4 will collect and process waste streams for the municipalities of Brunssum, Eijsden-Margraten, Gulpen-Wittem, Heerlen, Kerkrade, Landgraaf, Nuth, Onderbanken, Simpelveld, Vaals, and Voerendaal. You can take your bulky and other household waste to all recycling centres that are part of the Joint Regulations and collaboration with Reinigingsdiensten Rd4. Remember to have your new environment card (milieupas) and a valid proof of identity with you.