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Waste Collection & Treatment

Dutch environmental knowledge of and expertise in waste management are well known all over the world. Less than five per cent of all Dutch waste ends up in landfills. The other 95 per cent is used for recycling and ends up as raw material or energy from waste. In this respect, the Netherlands has served for decades as an example for many developing countries emerging economies.


  • Waste (municipal, commercial, industrial, hospital, harzardous)
  • Prevention and reduction
  • (Separate) collection
  • Recycling and re-use
  • Processing/composting
  • Disposal of final residue
  • Site identification, design, construction of landfills
  • Operation, maintenance of landfills, (gas recovery)
  • Public relations, promotion • Regulations, bye-laws
  • The collection, transport, treatment and disposal of waste
  • Control, monitoring and regulation of the production
  • The prevention of waste production through in-process modification, re-use and recycling.

The term waste management usually relates to all kinds of waste, whether generated during:

  • The extraction of raw materials
  • The processing of raw materials into intermediate and final products
  • The consumption of final products or other human activities (including municipal, residential, institutional, commercial, agricultural, and health care, household hazardous wastes, sewage sludge).

Waste management is intended to reduce the effect of waste on health, the environment or aesthetic issues. Issues relating to waste management include:

  • The generation of waste and waste minimisation
  • Removal and transportation
  • Treatment, recycling and re-use
  • Storage, collection
  • Landfill disposal
  • Environmental considerations
  • Financial & marketing aspects
  • Policy & regulation, education & training, planning and implementation.

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