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Many residents have questions about the new waste and resources policy and the changes around waste collection. This is understandable. We list the 5 most frequently asked questions for you.

The 5 most frequently asked questions about the changes

RecycletariefFrom 1 January 2024, the municipalities of Gorinchem, Hardinxveld-Giessendam and Molenlanden will introduce the recycling tariff. How does the recycling tariff work?

From 1 January 2024, municipalities will charge Gorinchem, Hardinxveld-Giessendam and Molenlanden waste levy on a new way. The waste levy then consists of a fixed and changing part. This changing part is called the recycling rate. The fixed part is for everyone in the municipality the same. This pays you at the beginning of the year together with municipal taxes. At the end of a year, the municipality what you have to pay for the changing part. You pay this changing part so  afterwards. The amount depends on how often you use your Have had your general waste container emptied or a bag in the collection container for
discarded residual waste. That number we read with a chip on your residual waste container or the times you use the Collection container for residual waste has opened with the environment card.

What are the rates from 1 January 2024?

The municipal council of your municipality determines the exact allocation between the fixed and changing part of the waste levy. A proposal from the Waardlanden board is before municipalities for recycling rates of 2024. The municipal council of your municipality will set the rates formally fixed. The rate depends on your living situation and how you  your residual waste offered. From 1 January 2024, there will be 3 different recycling rates:

  • High-rise: pmd+rest together in collection container for residual waste
    Per opening, you can use one rubbish bag of up to 60 litres. This includes low-rise houses without containers at the house, such as in the centre of Gorinchem and Nieuwpoort.
  • Low-rise: rest in collection container for residual waste
    Per opening, you can use one rubbish bag of up to 60 litres.
  • Outlying arearesidual waste container of 240 litres

Rest en pmd samen in de verzamelcontainer voor restafvalWhy are all plastic collection containers disappearing packaging, metal packaging and beverage containers (pmd)?

In June 2021, the municipal councils Of the municipalities of Gorinchem, Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Molenlanden and Vijfheerenlanden it new waste and resources policy
adopted. In it, among Other that residents of high-rise buildings and residents of a low-rise house without 3 containers the pmd and residual waste together in the collection container for residual waste do. All collection containers for pmd disappear. 
High-rise buildings mean we have flats, flats and upper dwellings. Low-rise housing without containers are, for example, in the centre of Gorinchem, Leerdam, Vianen, Nieuwpoort and in a hamlet such as De Giessenburg and De Bilderhof.

This was decided after A waste analysis of the collection containers in 2021. From this analysis revealed that there are still far too many raw materials such as plastic  packaging, metal packaging and beverage containers (pmd) are in the residual waste at high-rise and low-rise housing without containers. It also revealed from this waste analysis that in the collection containers for pmd still a lot of the wrong waste. In both cases, this means that unnecessary many raw materials have to be burnt become. We want to avoid that. This is why we collect all waste from the high-rise and low-rise buildings without space for containers in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Gorinchem and the former municipality of Vianen now jointly. We will also do this in Molenlanden and Vijfheerenlanden as soon as residents have an environmental pass. We will have this waste post-separated at the waste processor with a machine. This separates the pmd from residual waste. Thus, the pmd still be recycled. Only the residual waste that remains is burned. All collection containers for pmd disappear.

How do I ensure less waste?

By reducing waste and recycling waste, you are helping to create a clean and beautiful environment, for yourself and future generations. Separating waste is best be a challenge.  This is why you help and tips on less waste and better separate on our website:
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Why is less waste so important?

Every day we throw away all sorts of things as waste. Plastic, food scraps, cardboard, glass, an old table, you name it. For us, it's waste, we want to nothing more with it. Nevertheless,  almost all this waste very well a second life get. It is not waste. Reuse is good for the environment. By reuse we need less if throw away waste. So  we save raw materials and energy needed To create new products. When you recycle waste, you help to a clean and beautiful environment, for yourself and future generations. The ultimate goal is a world with as little waste as possible where we reuse discarded products. Buy products that are sustainable packaged or packaging-free, even then contribute significantly to that. We are going to have even more work on less residual waste. We want to go from 232 kilograms in 2020 to 100 kilograms per person per year in 2025. Nationwide, the goal is to have 2050 there should be no more residual waste. We need everyone's help with that!

Another question?

Do you have another question about the new waste and resources policy, waste separation and waste charges. Find more answers to frequently asked questions here.