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A new waste policy in Leeuwarden municipality

As of January 2022, the municipality of Leeuwarden applies a new household waste policy. This involves some changes for you as a resident.

What changes?

Every household pays a yearly tax for the collection and processing of household waste. As of 2022, you’ll pay a fixed rate and a variable (personal) rate per year. The fixed rate depends on the size of your household. The variable rate depends on the amount of household waste you dispose.

Pay per use

As of 2023 the yearly fixed rate will decrease for all residents. The variable rate is calculated by how often you dispose of waste in the underground container ór how often you present the Sortibak (grey waste bin) for collection plus the weight of your waste. You can compare it to the bill of the water company: you pay for what you use.

New rates

The municipal council decides on the rates for the waste processing tax each year in November/December. By then, all details, calculations and national taxes are known. You will be notified about the new rates by the end of 2021.

Costs and arrangements

In some situations you are entitled to reimbursement of the waste processing tax. For example, if you have a low income or a lot of medical waste. There will also be special arrangements for the collection of bulky waste, litter and diapers. 

Information for students

Everyone who lives in the Netherlands pays the waste processing tax and other municipal taxes. If you live in student housing, these taxes are usually not included in your monthly rent. Check your contract or ask your landlord about it. You can read more information about the municipal taxes for students here.

Why a new waste policy?

In The Netherlands, the costs for incinerating residual waste go up fast. If we reduce waste and separate our waste properly, there is less to incinerate. This is better for the environment.


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