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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 collection charges) if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.

You pay the following waste collection charge in the municipality:

Fixed rate

You pay a fixed rate based on the number of users of a home. You also pay an extra amount for extra containers.

The annual rates are:

  • Plot used by 1 person: € 304.80 (2024)
  • Plot used by 2 persons: € 353.40 (2024)
  • Plot used by 3 to 10 people: € 446.40 (2024)
  • Plot used by 11 to 25 people: € 1,374.60 (2024)
  • Plot used by 26 to 50 people: € 3,447 (2024)
  • Plot used by more than 51 people: € 14,014.80 (2024)
  • For every second and subsequent gray mini-container: € 99.60 (2024)

Waste collection tax assessment

Belastingsamenwerking gemeenten en hoogheemraadschap Utrecht (BghU) will send you a tax assessment stating how much you have to pay for waste disposal. It will also state how and by what date you must pay. You will usually receive this tax assessment before the last weekend of February.

You will receive the tax assessment by post or via MijnOverheid, depending on which option you have chosen.

Pay on time

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


You can ask BghU 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 online via My BghU. To do so, you must log in with DigiD (individuals and sole proprietors) or eHerkenning (companies). Can't apply online? You can also contact BghU and ask them to send you a remission form by post.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Zeist

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3701HS Zeist

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Last updated on 22 September 2022