Collecting packaging waste
In the Netherlands, municipalities are responsible for the collection and processing of household waste. The collection method for packaging waste can differ from one municipality or region to the next. Glass can be separated by citizens and taken to the glass container. The same goes for paper, for which some municipalities provide small containers to allow people to separately collect paper at home.
Three systems exist for the separation of plastic packaging waste from households:
- Citizens separate their plastic packaging waste at home in a separate bin or bag. In many municipalities, plastic is collected together with beverage cartons and/or metal.
- Citizens collect all residual waste in a bag or bin. Plastic, metal and beverage cartons are separated in a sorting facility later on.
- Everyone can return large PET bottles (larger than 0.5 litres) and crates of beer bottles to supermarkets to get their deposit back.