Nijmegen has a special garbage disposal system. Where many cities in the Netherlands use either a system of wheelie bins for garbage, paper and bio-waste, or single garbage bags for all garbage, the city of Nijmegen aims to make its inhabitants aware of recycling options.
Through the purchase of waste-tax imposed garbage bags coupled with the pick-up of plastic, cans, paper and other waste, recycling is being stimulated. Almost all supermarkets have the see-through “plastic heroes” bags available, which are used for all types of plastic, milk- and drink cartons and cans and are picked up at specific days. The charges for the plastic bags for recycling are € 0,50 per roll of 10 pieces.