Organic waste (GFT)

Organic waste (GFT in Dutch), or biodegradable waste like food and garden waste, belongs in the GFT container or bucket. Separately collected organic waste is turned into compost and used again. For example, to enrich the soil in parks and gardens.

In the neighbourhoods where the Municipality of The Hague collects organic waste (Groente-, fruit- en tuinafval), every household can put out their GFT container for collection. You can check the household waste calendar to see when organic waste is collected in your neighbourhood.

For the separate collection of organic waste, you will need a GFT container or bucket. If you do not have a GFT container or bucket, you can order one using the online form Order or remove a household rubbish bin (kliko). Residents of Ypenburg can use the underground containers to dispose of organic waste (GFT).

Public holidays

No rubbish is collected on public holidays. Usually the garbage trucks come 1 day later. The exact days for your street can be found in the household waste calendar.

Which neighbourhoods

Check the table below to see the specific neighbourhoods where organic waste is collected separately.

Overview of organic waste collection

Overview of organic waste collection
City district Collected Not collected
Centrum Archipelbuurt Centrum except for Archipelbuurt
Escamp Wateringseveld Escamp except for Wateringseveld
Haagse Hout Marlot, Benoordenhout, Bezuidenhout-midden and Bezuidenhout-oost Mariahoeve and Bezuidenhout-west
Laak Laak
Leidschenveen-Ypenburg Leidschenveen-Ypenburg
Loosduinen Loosduinen
Scheveningen Scheveningen except for the coast, the area bordered by the Kranenburgweg, Westduinweg, Schipperplein, Roerstraat, Prins Willem-plein, Jurriaan Kokstraat, Gevers Deynootweg and Strandweg The area bordered by the Kranenburgweg, Westduinweg, Schipperplein, Roerstraat, Prins Willem-plein, Jurriaan Kokstraat, Gevers Deynootweg and Strandweg
Segbroek Vogelwijk, Bomen- en Bloemenbuurt, Vruchtenbuurt and Heesterbuurt (north of the Mient) Regentessekwartier, Valkenboskwartier and Heesterbuurt (south of the Mient)

The Municipality of The Hague ended the subscription for organic waste collection in 2013. The amount of organic waste collected in the neighbourhoods with the subscription was too meagre to make it worthwhile to continue.

Composting yourself

You can easily make compost yourself from biodegradable waste. This way you can help to reduce your household waste and you can change your organic waste into a rich humus for the soil in your garden or flower boxes.

To make compost you will need a compost bin. You can purchase one at a home improvement store or garden centre. The number of bacteria multiply in the organic waste in the compost bin. Aided by oxygen, moisture and insects like worms and woodlice, the bacteria break down the waste.

What is allowed in the GFT container

What is allowed in the GFT container
Allowed in the GFT container Not allowed in the GFT container
Bread Ash from ashtrays and the fireplace
Egg shells Dog and cat hairs
Cheese rinds (without plastic) Wood and thick branches
Manure from small pets with straw Frying oil
Weeds, garden clippings, cut grass and leaves, cut flowers and house plants Large garden waste (to garbage and recycling station)
Nut shells Nappies/diapers
Vegetable, fruit and potato scraps Milk and juice packages
Meat and fish scraps (including bones and shells) Vacuum cleaner bags and contents
Tea bags and filters with coffee grounds Bird cage sand
Leftover meals Sand and sod
Chewing gum
Christmas trees
Paper (paper and carton)
Cigarette butts
Internal organs and entrails of a butchered animal
Cat litter without eco-label

Tips to prevent stench

  • Keep the GFT container/bucket in a cool spot.
  • Don't throw anything damp into the GFT container or bucket. Let grass dry out for a day, for example.
  • Leftovers which rot quickly and stink, like meat and fish, can be packed in newspaper.
  • Clean the GFT container/bucket regularly with water and general purpose cleaner. Do not use chlorine: it's bad for the environment.
  • Place an old newspaper at the bottom of the container. This makes it easier to empty the container completely. You can also use biodegradable bags or paper GFT bags.
  • Make sure the GFT container/bucket is closed tightly. Use an anti-odour lid (sold at DIY shops and garden centres).
  • In the winter organic waste can freeze onto the container or bucket. You can prevent this by placing a newspaper at the bottom and allowing damp waste to first dry out.

Large garden waste

Would you like to dispose of your large garden waste? The municipality collects large garden waste 2 times a year during the Takkenroute. It will be picked up free of charge once you have made an appointment. Look for more information under Collection of oversized waste and garden waste.

Also see Waste and recycling.

Published: 20 March 2017Modified: 7 December 2018