Separating organic waste in Ypenburg

Published: 5 July 2018Modified: 24 July 2018

Ypenburg is the only neighbourhood in The Hague with underground GFT containers for organic waste (GFT). Here are tips for using the containers correctly.

Organic waste can be disposed of directly in the container. You are allowed to use a biodegradable bag to throw away food scraps in order to keep the container clean. The bag must have the seedling plant logo; otherwise the organic waste may be rejected.

How do you recognise the GFT container?

A lot of other waste is thrown away in a number of the GFT containers in Ypenburg. This is probably because the containers are not easily recognisable as GFT containers. The municipality will make the GFT containers in Ypenburg more recognisable by placing stickers on the containers. The municipality will also provide more information about what is allowed and what is not allowed in the containers. This will improve the way the organic waste in Ypenburg is subsequently turned into compost.

What is organic waste?

Organic waste is the part of household waste which can be turned into compost. Compost is used to enrich the soil in parks and gardens.

What is allowed in a GFT container?

A GFT container is meant for food, meat and fish scraps and much more. Sand and sod do not belong in the container, because they cannot be turned into compost. Read more about what is allowed and what is not allowed in the container.

Separate plastic packaging, tin and drink packs

More and more residents are separating their plastic packaging, tin and drink packs. There are not very many spots to dispose of these materials in Ypenburg. The municipality is holding talks with the Ypenburg Residents Platform and residents associations on how the municipality can expand the separate collection of plastic packaging, tin and drink packs.

More information

For questions about waste collection in Ypenburg, please send an email to More information on separating waste can be found under Separating waste.