Reduce, re-use and recycle to minimize waste! Delft residents have many options for reducing their ecological footprint.
To reduce the amount of junk mail and/or free local newspapers that you receive in your mailbox, consider using the nee/nee or nee/ja stickers, available at the city offices.
If textiles and shoes are in good shape, they can be donated to a second-hand shop such as the Kringloopwinkel Delft. Items can also be placed in a collection container for textiles, made available by some shops and by Avalex, see map. ''Gratis op te halen'' is a website for items that are being given away.
Some items are collected throughout the neighbourhoods, others in centrally-located containers. Avalex, responsible for waste collection in Delft, provides a map of recycling container locations for textiles, glass, paper and plastic.
The types of items that can be recycled are listed below. The links are in Dutch, so contact the city or Avalex if you need assistance.
Paper and cardboard
Recently many Delft residents received blue mini-containers to recycle paper and cardboard.
Large containers for glass recyclables are located throughout the city, often near shops. Some glass bottles have a deposit and can be returned to the shop.
Used cooking oil and fats can be recycled. Collection points include Avalex, children’s petting zoos in Delft, and some supermarkets. Whatever waste remains after recycling should be properly disposed of. Examples include aluminium (extracted later) and waxed paper containers for liquids (Tetrapak).