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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

Please note. You only pay afvalstoffenheffing (waste disposal charges) if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.

You pay the following waste collection charge in the municipality of Stadskanaal:

Fixed + variable rate

You pay a fixed rate and a variable rate.

Fixed rate

You pay a fixed rate per household:

  • Basic amount per household per six months (fixed charge): €80,00 (2024)

Variable rate

You also pay a variable rate. You pay for each time you have your waste collected. The following rates apply:

  • grey container large (240 litres): €7,85;
  • grey container small (140 litres): €5,45;
  • green container large (240 litres): €4,20;
  • green container small (140 litres): €3,00;
  • Per usage of the underground container: €2,05.

Waste collection charge letter

The municipality will send you a letter stating how much you have to pay for waste disposal. It will also state how and by what date you must pay.

Pay on time

Make sure that you pay on time. Otherwise you will have to pay a fine.


You can ask the municipality whether you are entitled to an exemption for paying part of the charge. That exemption is referred to as kwijtschelding. Whether you are entitled to an exemption depends on your personal situation. You can apply for an exemption via het Noordelijk Belastingkantoor (Northern tax office).

If you don't agree with a decision the municipality has made, you can submit a complaint via the Digitale Belastingbalie (digital tax office). This service requires DigiD or eHerkenning. 

You can also submit your objection in writing. Send a letter to the tax officer:  Postbus 140, 9500 AC Stadskanaal. 

Please ensure that you submit your complaint within six weeks after the date of the decision. Otherwise we will be unable to process your complaint.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Stadskanaal

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Raadhuisplein 1

9501SZ Stadskanaal

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Last updated on 22 September 2022