There are several different ways in which trash is taken care of in the Netherlands. Usually, a municipality either collects garbage from the containers you have outside your home, or picks up garbage from communal containers that are scattered around neighbourhoods. There are also usually designated trash collection areas where you can drive to and deliver your trash.
Here we have some basic information about trash collection in each municipality throughout the Leiden region.
The municipality picks up trash every week. In the city centre of Leiden you can get rid of your rubbish at any time in one of the underground containers. To use these, a container card is required. You can get these at the municipality. These underground containers are meant for domestic trash. There are separate containers to hand in paper, glass, plastic or bulky waste. If you live in the city centre, visit the website of the Leiden municipality to find out more about the containers.
Outside of the city centre, there are containers you get for your personal use. Each week, you put a designated container by the road to be emptied by the municipality. There are two kinds of containers: the green container is meant for vegetable/fruit/garden waste. The grey container is meant for domestic waste. You can find more information about these containers and when they will be emptied in each area on the Leiden municipality website.
In the municipality of Leiderdorp, different types of containers are used. To be as environmentally friendly as possible, you will receive two different types of containers to separate your waste. These containers are emptied weekly, so each one is emptied every other week. The green container is meant for vegetable/fruit/garden wasste. The grey container is meant for domestic waste. There are also extra containers in each neighbourhood where you can recycle glass and paper. If you live in an apartment building you can make use of underground containers, to access these you need an Afval Pas. You can find more information about the collection of waste on the official Leiderdorp website.
In the municipality of Oegstgeest you can make use of two containers. You will have a grey container for domestic waste and a brown container for vegetable/fruit/garden waste. Other kinds of waste, such as glass, paper and textiles you can make use of special containers that are available in every neighbourhood. You can find more information about this by visiting the the website of the Oegstgeest municipality.
In Zoeterwoude the municipality empties a container every week. You get two containers for your home, a green container for vegetable/fruit/garden waste and a grey container for plastic, metal and drink cartons. For all remaining waste you can make use of underground containers in your neighbourhood. To use these, you will need an Afval Pas. Every time you throw a bag in the underground container you will pay a fee. You can find more information about this here.
In Voorschoten you have three containers at your home. One contianer is for old paper. You will also have a green container for vegetable/fruit/garden waste and a grey container for domestic waste. If you live in a highrise area, you can use big containers placed outside. To use these, you will need an Afval Pas. You can find more information about trash in Voorschoten on the municipality website.