Note: this is a machi­ne trans­la­ti­on, offe­red to you as a ser­vi­ce. The­re­fo­re, it might not be trans­la­ted perfectly.

3 Octo­ber 2023
Con­tact details: / 023-75 17 200

Sub­ject: Upda­te on the new GFT containers in your neighborhood

Dear occu­pant,

This sum­mer we pla­ced four new GFT containers in your neigh­bor­hood. They are now being used by many resi­dents. This is good news, becau­se sepa­ra­ted vege­ta­ble, fruit and gar­den was­te (gft) and food was­te are made into com­post and bio­gas. Time to see how things are going.

Help us eva­lu­a­te and win
We would like to hear how you expe­rien­ced the pla­ce­ment of the new GFT containers. Even if you do not use the containers, we would like to hear your opi­ni­on. Will you help us by com­ple­ting the sur­vey? You can do so via: (in Dut­ch onli­ne). We will use the results to impro­ve the sepa­ra­ti­on of orga­nic was­te in the rest of the city cen­ter. Among the par­ti­ci­pants we raf­fle three gift vou­chers worth € 30 for a sustai­na­ble lunch at ‘Bij Lima’.

Tips for sepa­ra­ting kit­chen and gar­den waste
1. Col­lect the free kit­chen and gar­den was­te container: Have you not yet col­lec­ted the free kit­chen and gar­den was­te container? Do so, becau­se it makes the sepa­ra­ti­on of kit­chen orga­nic was­te and food was­te much easier. You can pick up the bin at the Recycle Trol­ley on the Boter­markt: eve­ry 14 days on Fri­days (even weeks) from 09.00 - 11.00 hours. The next dates are: Octo­ber 13, Octo­ber 27, Novem­ber 10 and Novem­ber 24. Can’t make it? Then go to Spaarnelanden’s cus­to­mer ser­vi­ce (Mon. to Fri. 08:00 - 16:30).
2. Use bio­de­gra­da­ble bags only: They can be recog­ni­zed by the seed­ling or OK Com­post logo and can be pur­cha­sed at super­mar­kets or sto­res such as Acti­on and Zee­man. Do you still want to use other bags? Then only emp­ty the con­tents into the GFT container and dis­po­se of the bag separately.
3. Use the ‘Afvalwijzer(app): What does and does not belong in the green bin? And whe­re are the new containers? You can find this infor­ma­ti­on in the was­te gui­de: or down­load the app ‘afval­wij­zer Spaarnelanden’ (iOS and Android).

What hap­pens next?
In prin­ci­ple, the new GFT containers will remain in pla­ce. We will con­ti­nue to moni­tor them and look at the results of the stu­dy. Then we will deci­de whe­ther the same appro­ach will fol­low for the rest of the city cen­ter, so that eve­ry­o­ne in the city cen­ter can sepa­ra­te GFT and food was­te clo­se to home.

Thank you for your coo­p­e­ra­ti­on and invol­ve­ment in impro­ving our living envi­ron­ment. Together we make a difference!

Marij­ke de Vries
Pro­ject Mana­ger Con­ti­nu­a­ti­on Was­te Separation



5 juli 2023
Con­tact details: / 023-75 17 200

Sub­ject: New GFT containers in your neighbourhood

Dear occu­pant,

In May this year you recei­ved a let­ter about solu­ti­ons for sepa­ra­ting GFT (orga­nic was­te such as vege­ta­ble, fruit and gar­den was­te) and lef­to­ver food in your neigh­bour­hood. On May 25 and 31, we spo­ke to many local occu­pants. Based on the­se con­ver­sa­ti­ons, we deter­mi­ned the loca­ti­ons and types of GFT containers that will be pla­ced in your neigh­bour­hood. In that way it will get easier to sepa­ra­te GFT and lef­to­ver food.

Whe­re will the new GFT containers be placed?
Bet­ween July 18 and 21, 2023, GFT containers will be pla­ced at four loca­ti­ons in your neighbourhood.

  1. Cor­ner of Nassaustraat/Kruisstraat
  2. Krocht
  3. Cor­ner of Ridderstraat/Jansstraat
  4. Cor­ner of Ceciliasteeg/Jansstraat

Open the new GFT containers with your cur­rent was­te dis­po­sal card
In your neigh­bour­hood, we will pla­ce small containers. The­se can be ope­ned by using the foot pedal. In this way we hope the use of the containers is as pleasant and clean as pos­si­ble. You can use all four of the new GFT containers. They open with your cur­rent was­te dis­po­sal card (afvalpas). The card con­trol is to pre­vent pas­sers-by from dis­po­sing any other waste.

How do you open the GFT container with your was­te card?

  1. Pla­ce you was­te dis­po­sal card in front of the reader.
  2. Open the container using the foot pedal or handle.
  3. Throw your GFT and food was­te in the container (opti­o­nal­ly in a bio­de­gra­da­ble bag)

Col­lec­ting a kit­chen bin or in need for more infor­ma­ti­on? This is pos­si­ble on July 13 and 19 
With a kit­chen bin on your kit­chen coun­ter, it beco­mes easy to sepa­ra­te food was­te in your kit­chen. The past few months you have been able to choo­se a kit­chen bin. You can pick up this bin on two occa­si­ons. Did you not send us your choi­ce? Then you can still pick up a kit­chen bin, but only whi­le sup­plies last. We are also avai­la­ble for ques­ti­ons. We will be in your neigh­bour­hood on:

  • Thurs­day, July 13, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.. Loca­ti­on: Schapenplein
  • Wed­nes­day, July 19, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Loca­ti­on: Wijngaardtuin

Together we make work of GFT and food waste
We have noti­ced that many of you are alrea­dy acti­ve­ly sepa­ra­ting orga­nic was­te. That’s good news for the envi­ron­ment! Didn’t you start sepa­ra­ting kit­chen and food was­te yet? Then we hope that the new containers and the free kit­chen bin make it easy to start. Gft and lef­to­ver food are tur­ned into com­post (for far­mers) and bio­gas (for hea­ting houses).

Desig­na­ti­on decision
A desig­na­ti­on decree for the­se new GFT containers will be publis­hed soon. Do you dis­agree with one of the loca­ti­ons and do you want to be infor­med about it? Visit and turn on the email ser­vi­ce for your neigh­bor­hood via “stay informed”.

Fol­low-up, ques­ti­ons and comments
After a tri­al peri­od and the desig­na­ti­on deci­si­on, we will eva­lu­a­te whe­ther the new GFT containers are a good solu­ti­on for your neigh­bour­hood. If neces­sa­ry, we will make adjust­ments. Do you have any ques­ti­ons or com­ments? Then plea­se email us at

Kind regards,

Marij­ke de Vries
Pro­ject Mana­ger Con­ti­nu­a­ti­on Was­te Separation