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Refuse Removal

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

  • small household waste
  • garden, fruit and vegetable waste
  • paper and cardboard
  • clothing
  • glass
  • white goods
  • small electronic and chemical waste (such as batteries, paint, small electrical appliances, 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.

Other municipalities will have grey containers for household wastes. Houses with a garden will also be provided with a green container for garden matter, and fruit and vegetable waste. There will be a schedule on the website of the municipality indicating which day and which container should be placed on the street to be emptied by the municipality.

Containers for glass, 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