Zero-waste Maastricht

The municipality wants to eliminate residual waste in Maastricht by 2030. Household waste is comprised of valuable resources, which we want to recycle. We are making good progress, as we are currently recycling 74% of our household waste. In 2017, on average each resident put 107 kg of residual waste out for collection. The municipality has set an interim objective of reducing this number to 57 kg of residual waste per resident by 2020.

Waste collection test

From 1 June until 30 November 2017,a waste collection test was conducted in Boschpoort and Jekerkwartier Noord/North. Residents of the neighbourhoods in which the test was conducted developed and chose changes for the household waste collection system, after which they tested the new waste collection system for a period of six months. We wanted to test whether the modified waste collection system was more user-friendly and whether it led to more reusable waste. The results of the waste collection test were positive. However, we must make additional adjustments to meet the interim objective. The Municipal Executive has included these changes in a proposal. Click here to view the council proposal (only available in Dutch). If the council agrees with this proposal, we can implement the new waste collection system in all of Maastricht between 2019 and 2020.

Below is a brief explanation of the new waste collection system

  • Organic kitchen waste will be collected by the municipality on a weekly basis. For this purpose, you will continue using the current organic waste bin/bucket. If you currently do not have one, you can contact the municipality and they will deliver one to you.
  • Garden waste will be collected by the municipality every two weeks. Households with gardens (low-rise buildings and some residences in the centre) will continue to use their current 140-litre wheelie bins. Additionally, they can bundle garden waste for disposal. High-rise residences can put small amounts of ‘garden waste’ such as cut flowers or potted plants in their organic waste bin/bucket.
  • Nappies and incontinence products must be deposited in designated underground containers at recycling points. The municipality can provide you with a bucket/bin for the purpose of storing and disposing of this waste.
  • Textiles and small electric devices must be deposited in designated underground containers at recycling points.
  • Bulky household waste must be deposited at a recycling centre. You can also choose to have it collected from your home for a fee.
  • Residual household waste must be disposed of in red and white municipal residual waste bags (‘gemeentelijke restzak’). The municipality will collect residual household waste once every four weeks. The underground residual waste containers and waste chutes at a number of high-rise buildings will remain in use, as long as the residents actively sort household waste (specifically organic kitchen and garden waste).

Other types of waste, such as glass, paper, food tins, and plastic, are not included in the waste collection test. This means that these types of waste will be collected as usual.

Your opinion

Before the municipal council accepts or rejects this proposal, it would like your opinion regarding the matter. Come and share your opinions on 11 December 2018 during the City Meeting.


During the municipal council’s consultative meeting on 29 January 2019, the members of the council will enter into discussions with each other and the Municipal Executive. As a resident, you have the right to make your opinion known. To do so, you must sign up by sending an e-mail to or by calling +31 (0)43 350 40 46.

We expect the council to announce its decision at the council meeting on 12 February 2019.