Waste tax

Every household in The Hague pays the waste tax (afvalstoffenheffing). This tax covers the collection and processing of household waste. Companies and shops do not need to pay the waste tax.

On the municipal tax bill

The waste tax can be found on the municipal tax bill. You will usually receive this bill (woonlastennota) by post in the first half of February.

Who is it for?

The assessment will be in the name of the user of the property.

Let op!
Even if you are not yet living at your new address, but you have already arranged an energy supplier because you are renovating, you will be assessed the waste tax for this period.


Household Amount 2020
1 person € 242.04
2 people € 272.04
3 or more people € 297.60

There are fixed rates for the waste tax. The amount you have to pay depends on the size of your household. The only thing which determines how much you have to pay for the waste tax is the number of people registered at a particular address. It does not matter whether you put out a lot, a little or even no household rubbish for collection.

The Municipal Tax Department looks in the Personal Records Database (BRP) to see how many people were officially registered at your address on the 1st day of the tax period. It is usually based on the situation on 1 January of that year.

Paying the waste tax

The municipal tax bill stipulates a period of 6 weeks to pay the waste tax. The total amount must be paid within this time.

  • If you choose to pay by direct debit, you can spread the payments out over the year. Read paying municipal taxes for more information about the payment options.
  • If there are changes to your situation, you could get money back (refund for waste tax).
  • If you are unable to pay within the stipulated period, you may be eligible for a tax payment scheme.
  • If you are unable to pay the waste tax at all, you may be eligible for a tax waiver.


Do you disagree with the amount of waste tax which you must pay? Then you can contest the assessment.


Contact the Municipal Tax Department