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There will be changes around waste collection in the coming period. Together with the municipalities, Waardlanden is implementing the changes step by step. Residents of Gorinchem-Oost will receive an environment pass in their letterbox from this week onwards. From 15 May, the collection containers for residual waste will be closed in Gorinchem-Oost. Gorinchem-East also includes Dalem and the districts Laag-Dalem, Hoog-Dalem Wijdschild and the Binnenstad. In these parts of the municipality, the containers can only be opened with the environmental pass. An important change with which the municipality also wants to combat waste tourism. 

Gorinchem-West residents receive environmental pass later  

Residents of Gorinchem-West will receive the environmental pass a week later. From 22 May, the collection containers for residual waste in the Gildenwijk, Haarwijk, Lingewijk and Stalkaarsen will then also be closed. If you live in a flat, flat or upstairs flat in Gorinchem, the pass will also open the new VGF containers in this municipality.  

After Gorinchem, residents of Vijfheerenlanden will receive the environmental pass 

At the end of June, it will be Vijfheerenlanden's turn. Residents of Ameide, Hei en Boeicop, Kedichem, Leerbroek, Leerdam, Lexmond, Meerkerk, Nieuwland, Oosterwijk, Schoonrewoerd and Tienhoven aan de Lek will receive a letter with the environmental pass around 19 June. From 26 June, we will close the collection containers for residual waste in these places. The containers can then be opened with the environmental pass. Residents of Everdingen, Hagestein, Hoef en Haag, Vianen and Zijderveld will receive the letter with the environmental pass on 26 June. Here, the collection containers for residual waste will be closed from 3 July. Finally, it will be Molenlanden's turn in September. Companies with a contract with Waardlanden Reinigingsbedrijf BV will also receive an environmental pass in the coming period.   

Residents outside area get environmental pass during 2023 

All residents of outlying areas in the four municipalities will have received a new residual waste container at their homes by autumn 2022. After the residual waste collection containers in their municipality are closed, they can no longer use these collection containers. During 2023, they will also receive an environmental pass. The pass will then be needed for access to Waardlanden's waste collection points. 

Less residual waste through better separation 

The environmental card is part of the new waste and raw materials policy of the municipalities of Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Gorinchem, Molenlanden and Vijfheerenlanden. This policy was adopted in 2021. The policy plan sets out how the municipalities, together with Waardlanden, intend to reduce the amount of residual waste from 232 kilograms in 2020 to 100 kilograms per person per year in 2025. To achieve this goal, waste must be better separated. 

Important for the environment and your wallet

If we do nothing to reduce the amount of residual waste, the costs of collecting and processing waste and raw materials will increase in the coming years. Because, for instance, residual waste processing fees and central government taxes will continue to rise. With the new policy, we try to keep the costs per inhabitant manageable. Less residual waste is therefore important for both the environment and your wallet. 

Moreover, the national goal is to have zero residual waste by 2050. All waste should be reprocessable into raw materials by then, and preferably even sooner. If we avoid residual waste and reuse more, we will need to extract fewer new materials from the earth. Because everything we burn is gone forever and cannot be reused. 

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