Separating waste: organic waste (GFT)

Coffee grounds, apple peels, spent tulips: a large part of our waste is organic waste, like food and garden waste (GFT in Dutch). Read in which neighbourhoods the municipality is collecting organic waste.

Your organic waste will be turned into compost to enrich the soil in parks and gardens. By separating your organic waste from other waste, you are working towards a better environment.

From 18 March to 26 April 2024 the municipality will collect your tree trimmings and branches for free during the Takkenroute. You can now Begin link: make an appointment, end link. for this.

Organic waste collection days

In the neighbourhoods where the municipality collects organic waste, every household can put out their GFT (Groente-, fruit- en tuinafval) container for collection. Below you can see which neighbourhood these are. You can check the Begin link: household waste calendar, end link. to see when organic waste is collected in your neighbourhood.

Overview of organic waste collection

City district Collection of organic waste
Centrum Only in Archipelbuurt
Escamp Only in Wateringseveld
Haagse Hout Only in Marlot, Benoordenhout, Bezuidenhout-midden and Bezuidenhout-oost
Laak Not available
Leidschenveen-Ypenburg Leidschenveen, Morgenweide, Singels, De Venen, Waterbuurt
Loosduinen All of Loosduinen
Scheveningen Scheveningen except for: the coast, the area bordered by the Kranenburgweg, Westduinweg, Schipperplein, Roerstraat, Prins Willemplein, Jurriaan Kokstraat, Gevers Deynootweg and Strandweg
Segbroek Only in Vogelwijk, Bomen- en Bloemenbuurt, Vruchtenbuurt and Heesterbuurt (north of the Mient)

Ordering a GFT container

For the separate collection of organic waste, you will need a GFT bucket or container. You do not yet have a GFT container? Order one via Begin link: Order a household rubbish bin (kliko), end link. .

The GFT bucket or container is allowed to be placed on the street only on the collection day itself.

Disposing of organic waste

Residents of the neighbourhood of Ypenburg can use the underground rubbish containers for their organic waste. Look at where these Begin link: rubbish containers, end link.  are located on the map.

What is allowed in the GFT bucket or container?

Look at the examples below.

Are you in doubt about what is allowed in the container? Look at the Begin external link: Afvalscheidingswijzer(External link), end external link. (in Dutch) or throw it in the regular household rubbish container.

Allowed in the GFT bucket or container

Food scraps:

  • bread
  • leftover cooked meals
  • nut shells
  • vegetable, fruit and potato scraps
  • meat and fish scraps (including bones and shells)
  • tea bags and filters with coffee grounds

Small garden and plant waste:

  • leaves
  • cut grass
  • house plants
  • garden clippings
  • weeds
  • cut flowers


  • manure from small pets with straw

Not allowed in the GFT bucket or container

  • ash from ashtrays and the fireplace
  • biodegradable plastic (takes too long before it turns into compost)
  • frying oil
  • dog and cat hairs
  • wood
  • large garden waste, such as branches, Christmas trees, sand and sod
  • cheese rinds with plastic
  • cat litter
  • chewing gum
  • cigarette butts
  • stable manure
  • internal organs and entrails from a butchered animal
  • bird cage sand

Making compost yourself

You can easily make compost yourself from organic waste. This way you help to reduce the amount of waste. And you change your organic waste into a rich humus for the soil in your garden or flower boxes. You can make compost in a compost bin which you can buy at a home improvement store or garden centre. You can find tips on the website of Begin external link: Milieu Centraal(External link), end external link..

There are also different neighbourhood initiatives in the city which are involved with composting. Look at the Begin external link: educational website of Milieueducatie(External link), end external link. for more information and tips. Or watch the video on composting.

Have large garden waste collected

Would you like to arrange to have your large garden waste collected? This is available free of charge. Garden waste which is collected during the Takkenroute will be turned into compost. The Takkenroute is held 2 times a year: in the spring and in the autumn. Make a free appointment for collection through the page Begin link: Arrange collection of bulky waste and garden waste, end link. .


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