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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.

Municipal taxes

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

Flat rate

You pay a flat rate based on the number of people in your household. The prices are publised on our website. 

Waste collection by letter

You will receive a letter from the municipality telling you how much garbage fee you have to pay. The letter will also tell you how to pay. And before which date you must do so.

Pay on time

Make sure you pay on time. Otherwise, you will have to pay a penalty.

Paying taxes

You can pay municipal taxes as follows:

There is a due date on the tax assessment. By that date, you must have paid the corresponding installment amount. It is in your best interest to pay on time. If you are late, you pay the costs of any collection measures yourself. These costs are stated in the law. You pay at least € 8 for a reminder and at least € 45 for a writ of execution.


You can ask the municipality if you do not have to pay part of the levy. This is called remission. Whether you are entitled to relief depends on your personal situation. You can apply for relief via:

online: relief

You can object if you think you are not the person the assessment is intended for. You cannot object to fees.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Veendam

Last updated on 22 September 2022