Zero-Waste Maastricht – Start of the Waste Collection Test

On 1 June 2017, the waste collection test started in Boschpoort and Jekerkwartier Noord. Residents of these neighbourhoods are sorting their household waste differently until 30 November 2017.

The waste collection test has been designed by residents' panels from the test neighbourhoods at the end of 2016. They drew up two variants that the test neighbourhood was then able to choose between. We started the test run with the chosen variant on 1 June.  

Test neighbourhoods

You can find more information about the chosen variant, the date of the walk-in evening, and the sounding board, plus contact information for each test neighbourhood below. 

Why launch a waste collection test?

It's like this: our household waste contains a lot of materials that can be recycled instead of being incinerated. Did you know that the average resident of Maastricht disposes of 114 kg of waste in residual waste bags every year? Or that the majority of this is organic kitchen and garden waste? Organic waste can be recycled in a variety of useful ways such as composting, fermentation, and so on. But other waste can be recycled, too. Recycling is better for the environment and the economy.

Zero-Waste Maastricht in 2030

The municipal assembly has set a goal for Maastricht to be zero-waste by 2030 (#maastrichtafvalloos). This means that all sorted household waste will be put out separately and recycled.

As a first step on the road to 2030, the municipality is starting with this waste collection test. Together with neighbourhood residents, we are considering better, smarter ways of collecting organic kitchen and garden waste, nappies and incontinence products, textiles, small electric devices, and bulky household waste. Smarter means finding the best possible combination of ease of use, environmental benefits, cost-savings, and job creation. 

Your experience matters!

We will be working with a sounding board of residents during the test to discuss the new collection system. Do you want to share your experiences with us and be a part of this sounding board? You can sign up by e-mailing afvalloos@maastricht.nl or calling 14 043.

Questions

It may take a while to get used to the new arrangement. However, we will do our best to make sure the transition is as quick and easy as possible. If you have any questions, or if there is something you are not happy about, then please check the frequently asked questions. If you still have no answer to your question, please e-mail afvalloos@maastricht.nl or call 14 043.