Did you know that almost half of residual waste consists of vegetable, fruit, garden and food waste? And did you also know that if you separate this from residual waste, it becomes valuable raw materials?

By throwing away GFT+E waste in the right bin, we turn it into such things as compost, plant food and biogas. Farmers and horticulturists use compost to improve the soil on which they grow fruits and vegetables. We use biogas as fuel or raw material for building materials, clothing, paper and food, for example.

Vegetable, fruit, garden and food waste (GFT+E)

What actually belongs in GFT+E? Potato peels, coffee grounds, fish bones, apple cores, old bread, flowers, plants, egg shells and leftover pet food. The list is very extensive. Want to learn more about GFT+E? Check out the website of the Zoetermeer aan de bak campaign (external link). There you will find, for example, a list of which products do and do not belong to GFT+E.

Of course, you can also use compost yourself in the garden. Thus, if you properly separate your vegetable, fruit, garden waste and food scraps, you save resources and energy!

Make it easy on yourself

It starts in the kitchen. With a small compost or GFT+E bin on the kitchen counter, make separating waste in the kitchen easy. Collect food scraps and peelings in the bin. And when it's full, throw it empty into the green mini-container or a container n the neighborhood.

Free container

Interested in such a handy container? You can pick one up free of charge during office hours at City Hall. Or if it is more convenient, at the Zelfbrengdepot at Argonstraat. Be quick, because gone = gone.

What to do, what not to do?

Want to know what GFT+E is and isn't? You can read all about it on Milieu Centraal's website below:

Waste separation guide | Vegetable, fruit, garden and food waste(external link)