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Refuse Removal

In the Netherlands, a lot of waste is recycled and therefore collected separately:

  • small household waste
  • garden, fruit en vegetable waste
  • paper and cardboard
  • clothing
  • glass
  • white goods
  • small chemical waste (such as batteries, paint, etc)
  • building waste
  • plastics (depends on the municipality)

Many municipalities have underground neighborhood waste containers for disposal of household garbage. Each household will be issued with an access card and may place their garbage in the container.

Houses with a garden will be provided with two containers: a grey one for normal waste and a green one for garden, fruit and vegetable waste. There will be a schedule on the website of the municipality indicating which container is to be emptied when.

Containers for glass, small chemical waste, clothing and paper/cardboard are located near most supermarkets.

The municipality will have a collection station for all other waste. Some municipalities issue residents with a dump access pass, but in other towns, anyone can drive in, and sometimes, dropping off waste requires a fee. Refer to the websites under Milieudienst or Reinigingsdienst.

Collection of the waste is paid for by a tax (afvalstoffenheffing), assessed yearly based on a flat fee or on weight/amount of the waste. The amount of the tax also varies per municipality and number of people living at a property. Again, in general, one can expect to pay the following monthly rates, based on the Dutch normal usage for 1 person:

  • Waste tax:  ~150-250 euros per year