Zero-waste Maastricht - Launch waste collection test

Contents residual waste bag

In May and June 2017 a waste collection test will be launched in Boschpoort and Jekerkwartier Noord. The residents of these neighbourhoods will put out their waste in a different way for a period of six months. They can have their say in the collection system by voting for option A or B.

What is the reason behind the 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 produces 114 kg of residual waste each year? Or that the biggest share 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. Apart from organic waste, other waste can also be recycled. Recycling is better for the environment and the economy. 

Zero-waste Maastricht 2030

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

As the first step towards this goal, the municipality will consult with neighbourhood residents to come up with smarter ways of collecting the following types of waste: organic waste, nappies and incontinence products, textiles, small electric devices, bulky household and residual waste. Smarter means finding the best possible combination of ease of use, environmental benefits, cost-savings, and job creation. The municipality has given all residents of high-rise buildings in our neighbourhood the opportunity to share their thoughts on this.  

The waste collection test

In recent months the members of the residents' panels have worked with the municipality to come up with easy ways for residents of high-rise buildings to dispose of their waste. Together, we have come up with two options. Using the option that gets the most votes we will spend six months collecting waste using the chosen method.

All neighbourhood residents will receive comprehensive information before the test begins. Once the results for all of the tests are known, the municipal assembly will decide which collection system will be used throughout Maastricht as from 2019.