Collection of oversized waste and garden waste

If you are not able to dispose of your oversized household waste or large garden waste yourself, you can make an appointment with the Municipality of The Hague to have it collected.

Oversized waste is household waste which does not fit in a garbage bag, mini container or underground rubbish container, or which is too heavy. Examples include sofas, cupboards, washing machines and vacuum cleaners. You may dispose of your oversized waste for free at 1 of the 3 garbage and recycling stations. The garbage and recycling stations have the extra advantage of allowing you to separate your oversized waste as much as possible. This is good for the environment!

Cardboard boxes are not considered oversized waste but can be disposed of as paper.


You may only make an appointment for the free collection of oversized waste or large garden waste if:

  • you are a private individual
  • you are not able to take it to a garbage and recycling station yourself
  • you do not place it next to or on (underground) rubbish containers
    the rubbish does not contain building materials or demolition waste such as rubble, gravel, toilet bowls, sinks or kitchen worktops.

    Rules for collection

    • Place the waste kerbside by 7.45 hrs. at the latest on the day of collection. You may also put out the waste the evening before the collection day after 22.00 hrs., but this is not preferable because it can lead to problems with street litter
    • Make sure the waste is as close to the street as possible
    • Never place your waste near an (underground) rubbish container
    • Tie loose pieces of waste like boards and carpeting together in a bundle of no more than 1.5 metres long
    • Large items which cannot be tied together may be put out separately
    • Dispose of iron separately so that it can be recycled
    • Make sure that there are no nails or other sharp objects sticking out. Remove them or hammer them down
    • Tape over television screens and glass in doors to prevent glass splinters
    • Are you getting rid of a bicycle, moped or baby buggy? Hang a sign with ‘ophalen grofvuil’ on anything that needs to be collected
    • Is your street inaccessible because of roadworks? Put the waste out at a spot where the garbage truck can get it. Clearly indicate the spot when you make an appointment
    • You remain responsible for the waste you put out on the street until it has been collected.

      Rules for large garden waste

      • trees, bushes and branches should be shortened to a maximum of 1.20 metres long
      • tree trunks and branches have a diameter of maximum 20 centimetres
      • loose branches and bushes must be tied together with string.


        There is no charge for the collection of oversized household waste or large garden waste. If you dispose of your oversized waste or large garden waste improperly, you will have to pay to have the rubbish removed and to have the spot cleaned up. This will cost at least € 166.

        Make an appointment

        You can arrange to have the oversized waste and garden waste collected from your home. This only applies to the oversized waste and garden waste which are eligible for free collection. See the conditions for this.

        There are 3 categories of oversized waste on the appointment form:

        • flammable: such as a sofa, chairs, cupboards, wooden shelves or a mattress
        • metals: such as a washing machine, television or drying rack
        • trimmings/branches: large-sized garden waste, only during the 'Takkenroute' in the spring and autumn. Outside of these periods you can have your garden trimmings or other garden waste collected as flammable waste.

          Make an appointment

          Disposing of building and demolition waste

          Building and demolition waste can be collected for a fee. You can call the Municipality of The Hague on tel. 14070 for this. The municipality will forward your call to the Haags Milieu Services, which will make an appointment with you. If you would like to make use of this service, you will have to pay in advance at the reception desk of the garbage and recycling station at Plutostraat 1. You can also dispose of building and demolition waste for a fee at a garbage and recycling station. You can pay in cash and with a bank card at the garbage and recycling stations.

          Waste not collected?

          Did you make an appointment and the waste was not collected by 17.00 hrs.? Or have you spotted (illegally dumped) oversized waste or large garden waste on the street? Report this to the municipality using the form Report a problem. The municipality will address the problem within 3 working days.

          You will need the following to report a problem:

          • your personal details
          • description of the oversized waste or large garden waste
          • address of the spot where the waste was spotted
          • possibly a description of the spot where the waste is
          • possibly photos of the oversized waste large garden waste

          More information under Waste and recycling.


          Do you still have questions? Call the telephone number of the municipality: 14070.