Collection of oversized waste and garden waste

Are you unable to bring your oversized waste or large garden waste to a garbage and recycling station yourself? Make an appointment to have your oversized waste or garden waste collected for free. Only residents of The Hague are allowed to make an appointment.

What will be collected?

The municipality collects oversized waste and large garden waste for free. This is:

  • waste which is too big for a garbage bag, mini container (kliko) or underground rubbish container or too heavy. Examples include sofas, cupboards, washing machines, vacuum cleaners and refrigerators.
  • garden waste which is too big for the GFT container. For example, tree trimmings and branches. The municipality will collect your garden waste, trimmings and branches for free during the Takkenroute.




Do you have old paper or carton? Go to Separating waste: paper.

Do you have construction and demolition waste? For example, rubble, gravel and old sanitary equipment. You can pay to have this collected from your home. Make a separate appointment for this. Go to Removing construction and demolition waste.

This will not be collected

Take the following types of waste to a garbage and recycling station yourself. Have you put this sort of waste out for collection? Then you could get a fine.

  • earth and sand
  • batteries
  • asbestos
  • garden timber edging
  • fire extinguishers, pressurised containers, gas canisters and fuel tanks
  • chemical waste, see Recycle domestic chemical waste (KCA)
  • roofing
  • plaster
  • turf
  • window/door frames
  • tar

Rules for collection of oversized waste and garden waste

Would you like to arrange for the free collection of oversized waste or garden waste? This is possible only if you are a private individual (not a company). Bear in mind the following rules.

Where and when do you put it outside?

  • Oversized waste or garden waste will be collected as of 7.45 hrs. Put it outside on time. You may also place it outside the evening before the collection day as of 22.00 hrs.
  • Place your oversized waste or garden waste on the sidewalk in front of your home and as close to the street as possible. Do not place your waste next to (underground) rubbish containers.




Is your street inaccessible? For example because of roadworks? Place your waste at the designated rubbish collection spot. Clearly indicate this spot when you make an appointment.

  • You are responsible for the oversized waste or garden waste which you put outside until it has been picked up. Did you put out your oversized waste improperly? Then you could get a fine. It will cost you a minimum of € 166 to have the rubbish removed and the spot cleaned.

How do you put out the waste?

This is the way you ensure that your waste can be removed safely:

  • Tie loose boards and carpeting together in bundles of no more than 1.5 metres long. This makes them easier to pick up.
  • Put iron and metal out separately. This will be collected separately. Indicate that you are getting rid of iron or metal when you make your appointment.
  • Make sure that there are no nails or other sharp objects sticking out. Remove nails or hammer them down flat. Otherwise garbage collectors can injure themselves.
  • Tape over television screens, monitors and glass in doors to prevent glass splinters. This is safer for you and for the garbage collectors.
  • Are you getting rid of a bicycle, moped or baby buggy? Hang a sign on them with ‘ophalen grofvuil’ to indicate that they are oversized waste.
  • Tree trunks can have a maximum diameter of 20 centimetres.

    Make or cancel an appointment

    Before you make an appointment for the collection of oversized waste and garden waste, read the rules for collection.

        Make an appointment

        Good to know

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

        • Flammable: such as a sofa, chairs, cupboards, wooden shelves, a mattress or Christmas tree.
        • Metals: such as a washing machine, television or drying rack.
        • Trimmings/branches: large-sized garden waste. This can be collected 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.

        Cancel the appointment

        Would you like to cancel an appointment? You can cancel the appointment up to 1 day in advance before 10.00 hrs. Phone tel. 14070. It is not possible to cancel on the day of the appointment itself. The trucks are then already en route.

            Waste not collected?

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

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