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.

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 name of the payer on the tax bill is the name of the user of the property.

Rates 2017

Household Amount 2017
1 person € 231.60
2 people € 260.28
3 or more people € 284.76

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 payment out over a maximum of 12 monthly instalments.

  • If there are changes to your situation, you could get money back (exemption 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.

Objection

Do you disagree with the amount of waste tax which you must pay? Then you can contest the assessment. You can do this online if you have a DigiD and live in The Hague. If you do not live in The Hague, you can submit your objection in writing to the Director of Municipal Taxes.

Contact

Municipal Tax Department