Do you want to export or import waste, or 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.
Procedures for waste transport
The procedure you have to comply with depends on:
- the type of waste (is it on the green or amber list?)
- the way in which the waste is to be processed (removal or recycling)
- the country of origin and the destination country
- the transport route
Interactive online tools
The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport, ILT) has developed 3 online tools to help you find out which rules on waste transport apply:
- To check which procedures for waste transport you need to comply with you can use the Waste transport procedure tool (Regelhulp Afvaltransport procedure, in Dutch).
- You can calculate the deposit you need to pay with the Waste deposit payment tool (Regelhulp Afval Borgtool, in Dutch).
- You can complete and print a Dutch, English, or German-language notification document and transport document with the Digital Notification Advisor (DNA) Tool (in Dutch).
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 also need permission from the countries you travel through. You can find more information about the types of waste that require notification in Article 3 of the EVOA.
You must notify the country in which the transport starts, if it starts in the Netherlands, you should contact ILT. If the notification is correct and complete, ILT will inform the other countries involved in your transport. Only 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.
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 by sending an email to email@example.com.
Waste disposal charge
If your company dumps or burns refuse from abroad, you will have to pay a waste disposal charge. This tax has been introduced as a result of the Urgenda court ruling. The charge is the same as for waste originating in the Netherlands.