The use of plastic bags dropped 71 percent since the Dutch government banned shops from giving them out for free in 2016, according to a report commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment on the results of the ban. Some 300 retailers were questioned about their experience with the free plastic bag ban, NU.nl reports.
One Dutch pedestrian has had enough of litterbugs, as can be seen in a short YouTube video of him picking rubbish off the street and returning it to the litterer's car.
The fines for littering and misplaced garbage bags in Rotterdam are increasing significantly, NOS reports.
Nearly 1,500 volunteers took to North Sea beaches throughout August, cleaning up over 20,000 kilograms of trash left in the sand. Dubbed the "Boskalis Cleanup Beach Tour," the initiative scooped up three times more garbage then last year's effort.
Residents of the Domplein are complaining about a rat plague. Other areas in Utrecht are also experiencing a rise in the rodent population. In Overvrecht, Kanaleneiland, Noordsepark and Majellapark.