A valid waste disposal card will be required from March 1 to gain access to any of Groningen’s bulky waste disposal sites, the municipality announced on its website Tuesday. Prior to this every household will receive a letter in the mail giving the details.
Groningen makes a distinction between two types of garbage: household waste (huishoudelijk afval) and bulky waste (grofvuil). Household waste is all the waste that fits easily in a normal bin and does not contain contain harmful chemicals or electric circuits. Bulky waste is waste that does not fit in a standard trash can, such as debris, plaster boards and broken furniture.
Most residents of the municipality need a waste disposal card (huisvuilpas) to deposit their residual waste in communal, roadside containers. These cards are free and can be obtained by anyone with a legal address in Groningen. The households that have already been issued these passes will be required to present them to the attendants of waste disposal facilities as of next month.
Grey and green bins
If you live in an apartment building, you may have communal garbage dumpsters near the entrance. In some cases, local authorities provide bins that make it easier for garbage trucks to collect trash on the roadside. These bins are usually grey or black. The bins will are emptied at regular intervals alongside household wheelie bins in some neighborhoods. If you deposit your household trash in grey or green bins, you will receive a waste disposal card in your mail before the end of the month. You will need these only to get access to the city’s recycling centers.
Groningen’s waste recycling centers
You can bring large or bulky items, garden waste and construction and demolition waste to two depots in Groningen: on Duinkerkenstraat 99 and Electronstraat 2.
Please note that these waste collection depots have restricted opening times. In addition, these locations are only for individual use.