This section includes information on local services, what to do in case of emergency and how to find a doctor or hospital. It also provides information on the religious amenities located in the Brainport region.
The municipality is responsible for collecting and processing refuse. Household garbage, organic and paper waste is collected from your home and other refuse (glass, textiles, plastic packaging material) needs to be brought to the appropriate recycling dumpster located in every neighborhood.
Residents put household and organic refuse (GFT in Dutch) in garbage bins that they put out at set times for collection. In the city center, residents use communal underground garbage disposal containers. Normally garbage/organic refuse is collected once a week and paper every two weeks. Please consult your municipality´s website for more information.
Some categories of refuse need to be taken to one of the waste recycling centers (milieustratenin Dutch), for example bulky household items, hard plastic, small chemical waste and asbestos.
The Netherlands attaches great importance to the re-use and recycling of refuse. This has a number of significant advantages. For example, it means that fewer raw materials are needed for manufacturing, and fewer harmful substances are released into the atmosphere. It also reduces the cost of household waste management.
The municipality charges residents taxes that cover refuse collection and sewage management. The amount can differ per municipality and you can consult your local authority’s website for more information.
Dial 112 in case of emergency
This emergency number is used for ambulance, fire and police services. Dialing 112 will connect you to a central operator who will enquire what services are needed and ensure that the appropriate emergency services are alerted.
If it is not a direct emergency, you can contact the police by dialing 0900-8844.
Religion and churches
The Netherlands is a tolerant nation where every individual has the right to practice their religion or conviction. Traditionally, the Southeast region was strongly Roman Catholic, however, during the second part of the 20th century a rapid secularization took place in the province, as it did in the rest of the country. Although there has been a huge decrease in the number of people who attend church, the traditions are still part of the culture, which becomes apparent during holidays such as Carnival.
Visit the website of Holland Expat Center Southfor an overview of amenities per religion in the region.