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. This is the way to dispose of your paper and carton:

  • 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 old paper. And waste collectors will not take garbage bags when picking up paper because they cannot 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 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 such as:

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

    Sticker for less paper 

    Would you like to stop receiving unaddressed advertising leaflets, newspapers and other printed matter? On your letterbox you can place a:

    • Nee/Ja sticker (no to advertising, yes to free newspapers) or
    • Nee/Nee sticker (no to advertising and no to free newspapers)

    These stickers are available free of charge at the city district offices. For City Hall Spui you can go to the desk of The Hague Information Centre. You can also order the sticker for a small fee via the website

    The Hague introduced a Ja/Ja sticker on 1 July 2020. Residents will then only receive unaddressed advertising material if they indicate this by placing a Ja/Ja sticker on their letterbox. Read more on the page Ja/Ja sticker in The Hague.

    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: 22 July 2021