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With summer weather, we can enjoy ourselves in the pool, by a lake or at the beach. Then we like to take inflatable swimming bands, beach balls and air mattresses with us. But what do you do with used inflatables that are broken or leaky? From 1 July 2023, you can hand them in separately at one of our waste disposal centres during the months of July, August and September. This will give the inflatable articles a second life as raw material for a new product.

Waste-free primary schools in Vijfheerenlanden help out 

If you live in the Vijfheerenlanden municipality, you can also bring broken or leaky inflatables to one of the 19 litter-free primary schools. There will be a separate roller container at these schools after the summer holidays from 21 August to 1 September.

Why hand in separately? 

Now, broken inflatable products are thrown in the residual or bulky waste, ending up in the incinerator. This is not only bad for the environment, but we also lose important raw materials. These products are made of soft PVC, which is perfectly recyclable. By returning them separately, they can be turned into raw materials to make new products such as garden hoses, shoe soles, slippers and even roofing materials.

What is allowed in the container for inflatables?

All soft PVC inflatable items may go in the separate container for inflatable items. If your answer is YES to the following 2 questions, then your article may go in the special container: 

  • Can you blow up your article? 
  • Do you use it on the beach or by the pool? 

This way, your inflatable item gets a new life by recycling it! So we are talking about all things made of plastic for water fun that you can inflate. Think of beach balls, swimming bands, smaller pools and inflatable figures. Air beds are also allowed, unless they have a velour or velvet layer on them. Balloons, footballs and large inflatable pools belong here not at. 

Why not at the pmd?

PMD includes all packaging made of plastic or metal and all beverage containers. Inflatable articles are not packaging, but utensils. Because their composition is different, they do not belong to pmd. The recycling plant where pmd goes cannot process leaky beach balls or air mattresses. It can even cause pmd rejects and malfunctions in the installation. So do not put inflatable items with the pmd, but hand them in separately at one of our waste recycling points in July, August and September. In this way, we are moving together towards a clean environment and waste-free future. 

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