Paying the waste collection charge
You must pay the waste collection charge (afvalstoffenheffing) for the collection and processing of your household waste. The waste collection charge is part of the municipal taxes (gemeentelijke belastingen) and is billed by your municipality.
Municipalities calculate the amount of the waste collection charge in different ways. Some municipalities calculate the amount of the waste collection charge based of the size of your household. The larger your household, the more you pay. Other municipalities calculate the charge based on the amount of waste collected.
The waste collection charge is included in the municipal tax bill. This is usually sent out in the first 2 weeks of February. If you have any questions about the waste collection charge, contact your municipality.
Apply for an exemption on paying municipal taxes
Are you unable to pay your municipal taxes? Then ask your municipality for an exemption. You can be granted an exemption from paying part of the taxes, or all of the taxes. The municipality decides for which taxes you can be exempt from paying. It also determines whether you are eligible for an exemption.
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Please note. You only pay afvalstoffenheffing (waste disposal charges) if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
You pay the following waste collection charge in the municipality of The Hague:
You pay a fixed rate based on the number of people in your household:
- single-person households, from € 374.28;
- two-person households, from € 420.72;
- three-person households, from € 460.32;
- multi-person households, from € 460.32.
Waste collection charge letter
The municipality will send you a letter stating how much you have to pay for waste disposal. It will also state how and by what date you must pay.
Pay on time
Make sure that you pay on time. Otherwise you will have to pay a fine.
You can ask the municipality whether you are entitled to an exemption for paying part of the charge. That exemption is referred to as 'kwijtschelding'. Whether you are entitled to an exemption depends on your personal situation. You can apply for an exemption via Apply for a tax waiver.
You pay a fee for this service. For more information, contact the Municipal Tax Department.
Questions about this topic?
Contact the Municipality of The Hague