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 assessment

The waste tax can be found on the assessment for municipal taxes (aanslagbiljet gemeentelijke belastingen). You will usually receive this bill in the post in the 1st half of February.

Who is it for?

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


Household Amount 2023
1 person € 374.28
2 people € 420.72
3 or more people € 460.32

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 a lot, a little or even no household rubbish out 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 assessment stipulates a period of 6 weeks to pay the waste tax. The total amount must be paid within this time.

  • You can choose to pay in instalments with direct debit. Read paying municipal taxes for more information about all of 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