Dutch regulation for collectors, transporters, dealers or brokers of waste
Companies which collect or transport waste (industrial or hazardous) on a professional basis or which arrange for disposal or recovery of waste (industrial or hazardous) for others must be registered on the Dutch list of collectors, transporters, dealers and brokers of waste (VIHB-list). It makes no difference whether the waste is carried by road, rail or waterway. Not only Dutch companies, but also foreign companies carrying out these activities in the Netherlands should be registered on the VIHB-list.
What is a VIHB registration?
It means that the company is registered on the Dutch list of collectors, transporters, dealers and brokers of waste (VIHB-list) and published on the website. The registration is for one or more activities, e.g. number 512345VIxx.
V = transporter
I = collector
H = dealer
B = broker
The VIHB registration is valid for as long as the company complies the conditions as was the case at the start of the registration. NIWO will periodically reviews this. Relevant changes must be reported to NIWO, such as change of owner or director, change of waste coordinator, change of legal form, etc..
- The certificate (paper) is only valid if the company is listed on the website VIHB-lijst.
- If a company no longer exists, has provided incorrect data or ceases to fulfill the criteria NIWO will end the registration.
- If a company requests cancellation, NIWO will end the registration.
For logistic brokers a registration is not required
If you are a broker regarding transportation of waste, you do not need a VIHB registration as a broker. If you only broker the transport of waste by means of hiring an outside company for the transport you won’t need a registration since the focus is on transport and not on waste. The company transporting the waste will need a VIHB registration.
A company must fulfill the criteria to be registered: 1. reliability (certificate of good repute) and 2. sometimes professional competence (only if the activity is exclusively performed as a dealer and/or broker). Some companies automatically fulfill the criteria.
1. Dutch road transport companies licensed under the Dutch Road Haulage Act automatically fulfill these criteria. The company will be listed as soon as NIWO has processed the application. Send in by email:
- application form
2. European road transport companies established in other Member States (EU) and countries that belong to the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement meet the criteria when they possess a valid community transport licence (Regulation EC No. 1072/2009 - road haulage). Send in by email:
- application form
- copy of the community transport licence (eurolicence)
3. Other companies need to comply with the criteria. Send in by email:
extract of registration Chamber of Commerce
certificate of good repute for the waste representatives (responsible person), issued by competent authority in your country. Not older than three months.
if activity is exclusively dealer and/or broker: certificate of professional competence on waste, issued by the competent authority in your country
If you have questions about the application, please send an email to email@example.com.
The Minister of Infrastructure and Environment has designated the NIWO as the authority responsible for dealing with the application for registration on the VIHB-list.
Dutch Regulation for Collectors, Transporters, Dealers and Brokers of Waste
Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment
Companies that transport and/or collect waste (industrial or hazardous) on a professional basis, must be registered on the VIHB list. Moreover, companies that buy, sell or dispose waste (Dealer) or arrange that for someone else (Broker) need to be registered on the VIHB list as well.
Dealers and brokers of waste need to have a certificate of professional competence regarding waste, which is issued by the competent authority in their ‘home’ country. This certificate is only required if you are a dealer and/or broker of waste, not if the activities of your company are (also) related to the transport and/or collection of waste.
The VIHB registration is valid for an indefinite period. Companies must comply with the stipulated conditions to remain registered on the VIHB list, as was the case at the start of the registration. NIWO will periodically review the companies which already have a registration, possibly without asking the company. Relevant changes within the company must be reported to NIWO (such as change of owner or director, change of waste coordinator, change of legal form, etc.).
A waste collection permit is required for waste oil, ship waste and small hazardous waste.
More information regarding this permit can be found at ILT-website: Inzamelen Afvalstoffen (in Dutch).
For further questions regarding the waste collection permit, please consult the website: Helpdesk Afvalbeheer.
No, it is not necessary to have a community license to receive a VIHB registration. However, you will have to fulfill the following criteria if you do not have a community license:
• reliability - certificate of good repute;
• professional competence - only necessary if you are a dealer and / or broker of waste
Moreover, you should enclose the following documents with your application form:
• an extract of the registration of your company at the Chamber of Commerce;
• a certificate of good repute, issued by the competent authority in your ‘home’ country. This certificate is only valid if it is not older than three months;
• if you are a dealer and/or broker of waste, a copy of your certificate of professional competence on waste, which is issued by the competent authority in your ‘home’ country.
If your company has a valid community license for road transport (Regulation EC No. 1072/2009 - road haulage), it complies with the criteria. The only documents you’ll need to enclose with the application form is a copy of the community license, to obtain the registration on the VIHB list.
Yes, Germany has a regulation regarding waste as well. In Germany a permit for the transportation of dangerous waste is obligatory. Companies that transport, collect, sell or buy harmless waste have to report their activities to the competent authorities before the activities start. If you have a community license, this is not required.
Yes, Belgium has a similar regulation regarding waste. However, the registration in Belgium is split up into 3 regions. For each region, a separate registration is required. For more information you can contact the 3 regions.
1. Flemish region
OVAM: Openbare Vlaamse Afvalstoffenmaatschappij
Stationsstraat 110, B-2800 Mechelen, tel: +32 (0)15 284 284
2. Walloon region
SPW : Departement du sol et des Dechets Office Wallon des Dechets, Direction de la Politique des Déchets
Avenue Prince du Liège 15, B-5100 Namur (Jambes), tel: +32 (0)81 336 531
3. Brussels-Capital region
Gulledelle 100, B-1200 Brussel, tel: +32 (0)2 775 75 11