Prevent street litter

Many municipal employees are working on a daily basis to make the city clean and keep it that way. Help prevent street litter. This is how we can work together to keep The Hague clean.

What can you do to prevent street litter

A clean city begins with how you deal with your rubbish. There are many things you can do to prevent litter.

The coronavirus crisis is causing new street litter. Discarded face masks and disposable gloves are increasingly being dumped on city streets and in parks. Always throw these things away in the rubbish bin or take them back home with you.

  • 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) will not easily be able to empty the rubbish containers with your rubbish in the way.
  • Is your waste still collected in garbage bags? 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 in comparison to regular grey garbage bags. Look where you can get these bags under What you can do against pesky seagulls.
  • Dispose of bulky waste at a waste drop-off centre or make an appointment to have it collected. You can also dispose of your bulky waste on 1 of the Clean-up days. See when a Clean-up day is being organised in your neighbourhood.
  • Are you out and about? Dispose of your waste in a rubbish bin, even small waste such as cigarette butts and chewing gum. Or take it home with you.
  • Do not feed the birds. Too much food can make them ill. And food left on the ground attracts rats.

What else can you do?

  • Have you seen litter or rubbish placed next to a rubbish container? Throw it away in the closest rubbish bin. Place the rubbish left next to the container in the container if there is enough space. Or report this to the municipality. It will then be picked up.
  • Adopt an underground rubbish container. You will get a key to open the container from the side to unblock any obstructions. This way you help keep the area around the container tidy.
  • Join a clean-up campaign. For example 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.

Why should we prevent litter

Litter is bad for people, animals and the environment. Animals eat it or become entangled in it. It also attracts rodents and pests such as rats. It can also contaminate the ground. It takes a long time for litter to decompose. Chewing gum takes 20 years to biodegrade. And plastic does not biodegrade but breaks down slowly into very small particles. These microplastics end up in the ocean and subsequently enter our food chain through fish and mussels.

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    Published: 13 January 2020Modified: 16 November 2020