Afvalstoffenheffing (waste collection levy)

First, the basics:

  • The Belastingsamenwerking Gemeenten en Waterschappen (BsGW) is the Councils and Water Boards Tax Collaboration and is responsible for levying and collecting all local taxes on behalf of the municipal councils and water boards.
  • The municipality collects and processes waste at least once a week. Even if you do not use the municipal collection service, once a year every household in Maastricht will be asked to pay municipal taxes by the BsGW. These taxes are put toward the house’s sewage system and trash collection.
  • The bill is usually sent to the person that has been registered at the house’s address for the longest; nevertheless it should be paid equally by all residents of the property.
  • The bills are usually sent out in the last week of February or the first week of March of the year for which the bill is being paid. If you are registered with MijnOverheid, you will receive the assessment notice digitally in your MijnOverheid message box.
  • No objection is possible against the level of the tax rates. These rates are set by the municipal council in regulations and no objection can be lodged. If you nevertheless submit an objection, the BsGW will declare that objection inadmissible.
  • It is possible to get a remission, or tax exemption, from the municipality taxes. Find out more here.
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