Written by Jaimy

How do I separate my trash?

When separating waste, it is important to know what types of waste there are and how you separate this from each other. Then waste separation does not really have to be very complicated. In this article we list what is covered by these types of waste and how you can easily separate this.

Trash can for separating trash

There are various types of trash cans that can help you to separate waste. These bins have multiple inner bins, so you can easily separate organic waste or plastic from residual waste. There are trash cans with 2 inner bins, 3 inner bins, or more than 3 inner bins. Consider which waste you want to separate and which bin you need for that.

Plastic waste

Plastic trash can

Plastic waste is everything made of plastic. From packaging, to vials and bottles. New products are made from the collected plastic, such as building materials or new packaging. Nowadays, drinks cartons and cans can also be returned to the plastic. This is called PMD or PBD.

How do I separate plastic waste?

Collect plastic waste in the appropriate plastic bags. These bags can be obtained for free at supermarkets. It differs per municipality how plastic waste is collected. In one municipality there are containers for plastic, and in other municipalities you hang the plastic bags on lampposts along the road.

What is covered by plastic waste?

  • Plastic bottles (milk, water, soda)
  • Bottles (detergent, shampoo)
  • Squeeze bottles (sauce, oil)
  • Cups (yogurt, ice cream)
  • Blisters
  • Packaging (meat, cheese)
  • Drinking cartons
  • Tubes (gel, toothpaste)
  • Tubs (butter)
  • Cans
  • Beverage cans

Organic waste

Biodegradable waste with trash can

Organic waste means fruit, vegetables, and garden waste. Part of the organic waste is incinerated, fermented, or gasified, creating bio-energy. The other part is composted, which means that compost is made for agriculture and horticulture.

How do I separate organic waste?

You separate organic waste in a small container or in bags of compostable plastic. When the bin or bag is full, empty it into the green bin, which you then put on the road when it is full.

What is covered by organic waste?

  • Peels of fruit and vegetables
  • Tea bags and coffee filters
  • Flowers and plants
  • Garden waste
  • Sawdust
  • Food leftovers

Paper and cardboard

Cardboard and paper trash can

Waste paper and cardboard consists of everything made of (clean) paper. Paper can be recycled very well. It is being re-used up to 8 times to make new paper.

How do I separate paper and cardboard?

You separate paper and cardboard by collecting it in an old box or by putting it in the blue bin. Old paper is picked up once in a while (often by schools) and the blue bin puts you along the road.

What is covered by paper and cardboard?

  • Old newspapers
  • Leaflets
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Writing paper
  • Gift Wrapping
  • Cardboard (clean) packaging


Glass and bottle bank

Glass waste is waste that people produce and is also called packaging glass. When you throw glass into the bottle bank, new glass is made. This is used for new glass packaging for food distribution. Glass can be recycled infinitely often and thus saves a lot of raw materials and energy.

How do I separate glass?

Collect all empty bottles and jars in a large bag or crate. Bring once in a while to the bottle bank. Make sure that you separate white, green and brown glass from each other. Every municipality has various glass bins where you can throw in glass, often near a supermarket or shopping center.

What is covered by glass?

  • Bathroom glass: cream jars and perfume bottles
  • Beverage glass: wine bottles, beer bottles and juice bottles
  • Kitchen glass: pots and bottles

Residual waste

General trash with trash can

Residual waste is waste that can not be separated and which ultimately burns. This incinerated waste produces energy that is used to generate electricity.

How do I separate residual waste?

You separate residual waste into rubbish bags, which you then place in the gray box on the road or throw into collection containers under the ground.

What is covered by residual waste?

  • Dirty paper (pizza boxes)
  • Broken drinking glasses
  • Waste
  • Bathroom waste (cotton swabs, sanitary towels)
  • Videotapes, DVDs and CDs
  • Crisps and bags
  • Foil packaging
  • Cat litter
Article by:
Jaimy Trash Can Expert.

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