Frequently asked questions - Waste fee

What is it?

The fee for the collection of municipal waste from private homes is an environmental tax that is used for the proper management of the household waste produced in our city. Barcelona City Council is the government body in charge of its collection and management. It has been in force since 1 July 2020 and is included in the water bill.  In the metropolitan area as a whole, it has already been applied by 23 out of 36 municipalities.

Why is it applied?

Pursuant to European Directive 2018/851 of the European Parliament and of the Council and the Metropolitan Programme for the Prevention and Management of Municipal Resources and Waste, in order to improve selective waste collection in homes and help reduce the environmental impact of waste management.

How is it paid?

It is included as a separate item in each home’s water supply bill. 

Are there any exemptions?

Yes, there are exemptions for holders of domestic drinking water supply contracts in a situation of housing exclusion, as stipulated by law, provided that:

  • The competent municipal services issue a report certifying the housing exclusion or vulnerability described above. 
  • The exemption is valid from the date of issue of the municipal services’ report until the housing exclusion or vulnerability situation changes.

How much is the fee?

The fees payable are established based on the type of home receiving the domestic water supply service, based on the nominal flow and consumption bands set forth in the byelaw. 


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How can I obtain discounts?

Discounts or reductions are available for people with a recognised disability and for Green Point users:

Based on a person’s degree of disability:

  • A 5% reduction on the amount payable is applied for each person registered at the address of the water supply contract who has a recognised degree of disability of 75% or more or a level III or higher degree of dependency.
  • The fee payable by each home cannot be lower than the amount payable for consuming up to 6 cubic metres per month under the type of supply contracted.
  • In order to obtain the above-mentioned special billing, one of the persons registered in the home must be the holder of the domestic drinking water supply contract and, therefore, be the taxpayer for this tax.

Based on Green Point use:

Reductions of up to 14% on the waste collection fee will be applied to members of the public who use green points, including area, neighbourhood or mobile points. The user card must be presented in order to enjoy the reductions. The more you use the Green Point, the larger the discount.

Check the map of green points.


What is the Metropolitan Fee (TMTR)?

The metropolitan waste treatment fee (TMTR) is an environmental tax that is used to manage the household and commercial waste generated in the municipalities of Barcelona metropolitan area. It is used to coordinate selective collections and the treatment of the collected waste at the sorting, composting and recycling (paper, plastic, metal and light packaging) plants and recycling centres, where the necessary processes to recover them as new resources or obtain energy from them are carried out. Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) is the government body in charge of its collection and management. 

The Green Point user card entitles the user to discounts on the payment of this fee. Further information


Where can I find more information?

From 1 October, the information and administrative management services for the collection of municipal waste fee and the waste treatment fee will be unified in the telephone number: 93 217 55 10

For information on the fee for the collection of municipal waste from private homes, you can call the citizen helpline on 900 226 226 or 010; and, for any queries, complaints or suggestions regarding the fee for the collection of municipal waste from private homes, you can send an email to

For information on the metropolitan waste treatment fee or for any queries, complaints or suggestions, you can call the number 93 217 55 10 or send an email to