Separating waste: paper

Separating waste: paper

Do you have old paper and carton? Paper and carton are collected door to door every 4 weeks. You can also throw it away in a paper container. Read below which days your paper is collected in your street.

Home collection dates for paper and carton

Paper and carton are collected door to door every 4 weeks. Place your bundle of paper or paper bin (kliko) as close to the street as possible on the collection day. Here is the way to dispose of your paper and carton:

  • Place your paper and carton by 7.45 hrs. by the street. (You are allowed to put it out as of 22.00 hrs. on the evening before the collection day).
  • Flatten carton boxes or tear them in pieces.  
  • Bundle the paper and carton with a string or put it in a box. This way it will not blow away.

Do not put your old paper and carton outside in a plastic bag or (garbage) bag. Otherwise plastic will become mixed up with the used paper. And garbage bags will not be taken during the paper collection, because it is difficult to see that the bags contain paper.

You can find the collection dates for your street in the household waste calendar.

Order a blue paper bin (kliko)

Do you have enough space to place a paper bin, for example, in your house, shed, cellar or garden? Request a blue paper bin (kliko) using the application form for household rubbish bins. The paper bins are emptied on the paper collection day every 4 weeks. The container is allowed to be standing out on the street only on the collection day itself.

Turn in paper and carton

Containers for paper can be found throughout The Hague. This map shows you where the containers are located. Large quantities of paper can also be taken to 1 of the waste drop-off centres.

You can dispose of loose paper and carton in the container. Make sure that it is dry and clean. Make the carton as small as possible so that you can prevent the container from becoming blocked.

What is allowed in the paper container?

Only material which is dry and clean is permitted in the paper container. Below you will find examples of what is allowed in the container and what is not allowed in the container. Are you in doubt about which rubbish is allowed in the container? Look at the Afvalscheidingswijzer (in Dutch) or throw it away in the regular household rubbish container.

Allowed in the paper container

Clean and dry paper and carton such as:

  • newspapers, books, advertising leaflets and magazines
  • writing and printer paper
  • envelopes
  • carton boxes and packaging (flattened or in pieces)
  • egg cartons

Not allowed in the paper container

Wet and dirty paper and carton such as:

  • used paper towels and tissues
  • wet wipes
  • pizza boxes
  • coffee filters

    Sticker for less paper in the letterbox

    The municipality is using the Ja/Ja sticker. You will only receive unaddressed advertising material if you indicate you want this with a Ja/Ja sticker on your letterbox. Read more on the page Ja/Ja sticker.

    Moving boxes

    If you need to get rid of a large amount of cardboard moving boxes, you can phone your moving company to come and pick them up.

    Also see: Waste and recycling

    Published: 24 January 2017Modified: 6 January 2022