Waste separation is mandatory. This means you must separate all your waste. The Dutch National Waste Management Plan (Landelijk Afvalbeheerplan, LAP3,) has been drawn up to make sure as many products and materials as possible may be reused.
You must always separate hazardous waste. Hazardous waste is waste which is dangerous to humans, animals or the environment. You must separate all hazardous waste. You can find information on the classification of waste in the European List of Waste (Eural).
Commercial waste you must separate consists of:
- waste you have to separate depending on the size of your location and the amount of waste
- a one-time large amount of waste (for instance as a result of maintenance or a large delivery)
- commercial or industrial waste you must always separate
Use our Checklist for separating company waste or our Company waste separation tool to find out more on your company waste management. Contact the Waste Management Department Information Desk (RWS Environment) if you need more information on LAP3 and your responsibilities regarding waste separation.
Recycling and waste management are priority topics for the EU. The coming years there will be a shift towards extended producer responsibility and recycling of waste. You can find more information on these ambitions on the Rijkswaterstaat Environment website.