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Importing and exporting waste materials (EVOA)

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you want to export or import waste, or to transport it through an EU Member State, you must observe the European Waste Shipment Regulation (EWSR, or in Dutch, EVOA). The EWSR also applies if you want to transfer waste materials to other parts of the world, bring waste to the EU or transport it through the EU from other parts of the world. The procedure you have to comply with depends on:

  • the country of origin and the destination country;
  • the transport route;
  • the way in which the waste is to be processed (removal or recycling);
  • the type of waste (is it on the green or orange list?).

Notification of waste transport

Before you transport waste across the border, you must conclude a contract with the recipient of the waste. For some types of waste, you must notify the Human Environemnt and Transport InspectorateExternal link (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport, ILT). If the notification is correct and complete, ILT will send it to the competent authorities abroad. If you have received permission for the transport from all relevant authorities, you may transport the waste. Whether permission is given depends on the purpose (removal or recycling) and national waste management schemes.

Transport notification

For each transport, you must submit 3 transport notifications to all relevant authorities:

  • An issue notification.
  • A receipt notification.
  • A certificate of waste material processing.

You can notify the Dutch authorities through ILT.

Prinsjesdag (budget day) 2019 announcement

On Prinsjesdag (budget day) 2019 the government announced new measures on processing waste. If your company dumps or burns refuse from abroad, you will have to pay a waste disposal charge as of 1 January 2020. Around 25% of refuse processed in the Netherlands comes from outside the country. Up to now, processing this waste was not taxed. This tax has been introduced as a result of the Urgenda court rulingExternal link.

This is subject to its acceptance by the upper and lower houses of parliament.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO