Every household in The Hague pays the waste tax (afvalstoffenheffing). This tax is for collecting and processing household waste.
Companies do not pay the waste tax. They arrange the Begin link: , end link. themselves.
The user of a property pays the waste tax.
Caluculating the amount
The municipality determines how much waste tax you have to pay. To do this it looks in the Personal Records Database (BRP) to see how many people are registered at your address. It uses the number of people in your household on 1 January.
There are fixed rates for the waste tax. The amount you pay depends on the size of your household. It does not matter whether you throw away a lot of rubbish or only a little.
The municipality first determines the rates for the waste tax for the year. It then sends out the assessment notices. You will receive this bill each year in February for the entire year. The amount you need to pay and when you must pay it is stated on the assessment notice.
Did you move to the property later in the year? Then you will get an assessment starting from the month you moved to the property until December of that year.
Pay the waste tax within 6 weeks. The final date for payment (due date) is stated on the assessment. You can:
Are you unable to pay? Then you can:
Rates for waste tax
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Make an objection
Do you disagree with the waste tax? Then you can Begin link: , end link. .
Your situation changes
You are moving
Are you moving within the municipality? Begin link: , end link. . You will get an assessment for the waste tax for your new address.
Are you moving to another municipality? Or are you going to live with somebody else? Then you can get a tax refund. You will then only pay for the months you were living in your home.
The amount of waste tax owed will remain the same if:
- somebody moves in with you during the year
- somebody leaves your household
- somebody in your household dies
The municipality will not process these changes in the waste tax until the following year.
Apply for a refund
Are you no longer using the property?
Ask for a reimbursement for the waste tax for the rest of the year. This is called ontheffing (tax refund). You then only have to pay for the months you were registered at the address.
You can get a refund if:
- everybody from the same household moves
- the sole occupant dies
There are 2 ways to apply for a refund:
Complete the online form. You need DigiD and your assessment notice.
Send your letter to:
2500 CX Den Haag
Your letter should state:
- your name
- your address
- the date
- the reference number of the assessment and the type of tax
- why you are applying for a refund
- the date when your situation changed
- your signature
Are you filing a request for someone else? Send an authorisation (machtiging). This is a letter which states that this person is giving you permission to apply.
You will receive an answer within 8 weeks.
Pay on time
Make sure that you pay on time or that you arrange a payment scheme. Otherwise you will get a Begin link: , end link. . This is a letter from the municipality requesting that you still pay the tax.