Separating waste: plastic, tin and drink cartons

Separating waste: plastic, tin and drink cartons

New products can be made from plastic packaging, tin and drink cartons. Such as crates, tin cans, packaging and toilet paper. Always dispose of your plastic, tin and drink cartons separately.

Separate plastic, tin and drink cartons

The containers for plastic packaging, tin and drink cartons (also called 'pbd' or 'pmd') can be found throughout The Hague. This map shows you where the containers are located.

You can dispose of your plastic packaging, tin and drink cartons in the container either in a plastic bag or loose. Make sure that the packaging material is empty (it does not have to be clean). Use transparent bags if possible.

Is the container in the neighbourhood full? Report it to the municipality. Make use of a different container for your plastic packaging, tin and drink cartons in the area or take it back home with you. Never place your rubbish next to or on top of the container. If you do this, you risk getting a fine.

Home collection days

Residents of certain neighbourhoods have a container (kliko) at home for plastic packaging, tin and drink cartons. For example, the Vogelwijk and Leidschenveen. Do you live in 1 of these neighbourhoods? You will find the collection days for your street in the household waste calendar.

The container is allowed to be standing out on the street only on the collection day itself.

What is allowed in the container?

  • Only empty packaging is allowed in the container for plastic packaging, tin and drink cartons.
  • Is your plastic not packaging material? For example, toys, plastic plates or toothbrushes? Then it should be disposed of with the regular household waste. You can dispose of large plastic products such as garden furniture and toys at 1 of the garbage and recycling stations.

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 whether certain 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 container

Plastic bags, sacks and wrap:

  • shopping bags
  • sacks for bread, pasta, rice, vegetables and candy
  • wrap for advertising leaflets and magazines
  • packaging for cheese, meat, fish

Bottles:

  • bottles for soft drinks, water or milk
  • bottles for laundry detergent, shampoo and soap
  • squeeze bottles for sauces
  • bottles for oil and vinegar

Tubs, cups and containers:

  • containers for yoghurt, custard and ice cream
  • serving tubs for french fries, salad, vegetables and fruit
  • tubs for butter, sauce and sandwich filling

Tubes, jars and lids:

  • tubes for toothpaste, cream and lotion
  • jars for gel, medicine and vitamins
  • plant pots
  • plastic lids for glass jars (like peanut butter)

Metal packaging:

  • tin cans for food (soup, vegetables, frankfurters, fish, cat food)
  • tin cans for drinks (beer, soft drinks)
  • aluminium foil, trays and containers
  • metal lids and bottle caps (such as beer and soft drink caps)
  • steel syrup bottles
  • aluminium tea light cups

(Drink) cartons:

  • drink cartons for juice, water and wine
  • cartons for milk, custard and yoghurt
  • cartons for soups and sauces

Not allowed in the container

  • packaging with an aluminium layer on the inside, such as chip bags and coffee packaging
  • packaging with chemicals, such as pesticides and turpentine
  • plastic products and utensils, such as toys, buckets, electric appliances and garden furniture
  • plastic strips for pills and chewing gum
  • polystyrene foam
  • stoma bags and hypodermic needles
    Also see: Waste and recycling

    Published: 24 January 2017Modified: 24 April 2019