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.

You may also dispose of your oversized waste for free at a garbage and recycling station. Oversized waste often consists of good, reusable items (such as televisions, clothing or furniture). It is a pity to throw it away. Consider taking your resuable items to a second-hand store or thrift shop. You can find a list on the website

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

What is oversized waste?

  • 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.
  • Large garden waste, such as tree trimmings and branches, which does not fit in the GFT container.

Conditions

Conditions for the free collection of oversized waste or large garden waste:

  • You are a private individual (not a company).
  • You are not able to take the rubbish to a garbage and recycling station yourself.
  • You do not place the oversized waste next to (underground) rubbish containers but on the sidewalk in front of your home, as close as possible to the street.
  • Your rubbish does not contain building materials or demolition waste.

    Rules for collection

    Rules for oversized waste

    If you dispose of your waste improperly, you will get a minimum fine of € 166 to have the rubbish removed and the spot cleaned up.
    • 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 placed on the sidewalk in front of your home, 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 bundles of no more than 1.5 metres long.
    • Dispose of iron separately so that it can be recycled. 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 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 length of 120 centimetres.
      • Tree trunks and branches have a diameter of maximum 20 centimetres.
      • Branches and bushes must be tied together with a rope.

        Waste not eligible for free collection

        Certain kinds of waste are not eligible for free collection. You will have to take it yourself to a garbage and recycling station. If you do make an appointment for the collection of this sort of waste, you could get a fine.

        • Building materials and demolition waste (for example, rubble, gravel and old sanitary fittings)
        • asbestos
        • earth
        • sand
        • batteries
        • chemical waste
        • railroad ties
        • fire extinguishers
        • pressurised containers
        • roofing
        • gas cannisters
        • fuel tanks
        • plaster
        • turf
        • window/door frames
        • tar

        Make or cancel an appointment

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

        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

          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. Please phone tel. 14070. It is not possible to cancel on the day of the appointment itself because the trucks are then already on the road.

          Fees

          • Oversized waste and garden waste will be collected free of charge. Please note the rules for collection.
          • 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.

          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.

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