Help keep your neighbourhood clean

Many employees from the municipality work daily to make the city clean. Help them out and make sure there is less street litter in your neighbourhood.

Most people dispose of their rubbish properly. Nevertheless there is way too much litter on the street. Perhaps this is also the case in your neighbourhood. Would you like to do something about it?

  • Is there rubbish lying next to the container? Report this to the municipality. It will then be cleared away.
  • Adopt an underground container. You will then keep the area around a container in your neighbourhood clean and tidy. You will also get a key to open the container if it becomes clogged.
  • Join a clean-up campaign. For example the Clean Neighbourhood campaign, which is held throughout the city 2 times a year. You can borrow supplies from various lending points to help clean up the neighbourhood. In the summer there is the Summer Challenge by TrashUre Hunt on Scheveningen beach.
  • Or start your own clean-up campaign in your neighbourhood. Read the story (in Dutch) on the website Haagse Handen about Jussi and Julian, who pick up litter at the Reef skatepark in Ypenburg.
Photo: Henriëtte Guest
Photo: Henriëtte Guest

Join forces to combat litter

Litter is bad for people, animals and the environment. Most people make an effort to keep their neighbourhood clean. This is what you can do yourself for a clean neighbourhood:

  • Do not place any garbage bags or loose rubbish next to a rubbish container. This attracts rodents and pests. And the employees of the Haagse Milieu Services (HMS) are not able to empty the containers if there is rubbish in the way.
  • Is waste still collected in garbage bags in your street? Use the free yellow garbage bags between 1 March and 30 October. It is much more difficult for seagulls to peck open these extra strong bags compared to regular grey garbage bags. Look where you can get these bags on the page What you can do against pesky seagulls.
  • Do you have rubbish which does not fit in the container? Dispose of it at a waste drop-off centre. The centres are open Monday to Saturday. You can also make an appointment to have bulky waste collected.
  • Are you out and about? Dispose of your waste in a litter bin. Even small waste such as cigarette butts and chewing gum. Or take it with you and throw it away at home.
  • You are allowed to hand out flyers, folders and samples on the street. However, you are responsible for cleaning up any flyers, folders and samples people throw on the ground. You could get a fine if you do not clean them up.
  • Do not feed the birds. Food left lying on the ground attracts rats.
  • Are there people in your neighbourhood who are unaware of these basic rules? Request information leaflets from the city district. Or point out this web page to them.
    Photo: Henriëtte Guest

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      Published: 14 September 2021Modified: 15 October 2021