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Paying the waste collection charge

You must pay the waste collection charge (afvalstoffenheffing) for the collection and processing of your household waste. The waste collection charge is part of the municipal taxes (gemeentelijke belastingen) and is billed by your municipality.

Municipalities calculate the amount of the waste collection charge in different ways. Some municipalities calculate the amount of the waste collection charge based of the size of your household. The larger your household, the more you pay. Other municipalities calculate the charge based on the amount of waste collected.

The waste collection charge is included in the municipal tax bill. This is usually sent out in the first 2 weeks of February.

Apply for an exemption on paying municipal taxes

Are you unable to pay your municipal taxes? Then ask your municipality for an exemption. You can be granted an exemption from paying part of the taxes, or all of the taxes. The municipality decides for which taxes you can be exempt from paying. It also determines whether you are eligible for an exemption.

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Paying the waste collection charge

We take care of collecting and processing your waste. For this, you pay an annual waste collection charge. How much you pay depends on the size and number of times you present the residual waste containers. If you do not use a container and dispose of waste in other ways (e.g. through collection containers), you usually pay the basic rate.  Companies and shops do not pay waste collection fees. They pay cleaning fees or arrange their own waste collection.


Your waste collection charge is split into a fixed and a variable part. The fixed part is the basic rate. You pay this for:

  • emptying the vegetable, fruit and garden waste (VGF) container;
  • emptying the paper container;
  • collecting the bags for plastic packaging, metal packaging and drink cartons (pmd);
  • using the collection points for glass and textiles;
  • the use of the small chemical waste (kca) container and the Raw Materials Collection Point (GRIP 4 times a year).

In addition, you pay separately for each time you have your residual waste container emptied. We call this the variable tariff. The amount of the variable tariff depends on the size of your residual waste container.

Size of residual waste containerBasic rate 2023Variable rate 2023
  From the first emptying of the residual waste container.
140 litres206.52 euros per year5.65 euros per emptying, from the 1st emptying
240 litres206.52 euros per year9.72 euros per emptying, as from the 1st emptying

The above rates are annual amounts.

For new homes, you can have containers placed once free of charge within 2 months. When moving to an existing house with containers, you can have containers changed once for free within 2 months.

Note: If you have a lot of household waste due to health reasons, you can get a discount on your waste charges. Please contact the Customer Contact Centre for this via the contact form on our website or telephone number 14 0492 (do not place an area code before this number).

High-rise buildings

High-rise buildings (flats and Brandevoort De Veste) will still be subject to one fixed rate per year in 2023, namely 251.72 euros per household. This amount equals the fixed part including the 8 times emptying of a 140 litre residual waste container.

If you disagree with the amount of the assessment, you can object. To do so, fill in the digital objection form here (. You can read more about filing an objection in the related product "Filing an objection, taxes and WOZ value" at the bottom of this page.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Helmond

Last updated on 22 September 2022