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Councils charge up to €1,000 to scatter a loved one's ashes

Sunday 27 January 2013

Dutch local councils charge wildly differing fees to have the ashes of loved ones scattered following a cremation, according to television consumer show Kassa.

The most expensive of the Netherlands’s 400 plus local councils is Hardinxveld-Giessendam where the council charges €1,079.75 to scatter ashes. Nijkerk, Papendrecht and Sluis also charge above €700.

Some councils, like IJsselstein and Bodegraven do not charge at all. The average cost is around €150.

In the Netherlands, by law ash can only be scattered in specially designated areas.

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Readers' Comments

Getting tired of the government getting involved in every area of our lives.

By a | 27 January 2013 11:49 AM

I shall be telling my children to break the law and scatter me wherever they want, as a final nose-thumb to the rip-off Dutch authorities.

By osita | 27 January 2013 5:51 PM

Agh! Imagine getting caught illegally scattering a loved one's ashes, OMG, how embarrassing!

I won't even contemplate how heavy the 'money-grabbing' fine would be, probably insanely more than a person's dog fouling a footpath, disgusting!

(Lol, how much to be scattered on Zandvoort Beach? - €2,200 during low season at high tide? :P )

(Please scatter my ashes on an illegal marijuana plantation, cheers ;)

By The visitor | 27 January 2013 7:01 PM

Who follows this law? Your ashes are handed to the next of kin and that person is free to scatter where they wish, right? I mean how would people even know?

By LJK | 27 January 2013 10:13 PM

I believe the fine for emptying your car ashtray in a public place is €90
Danny

By D.Hagan | 28 January 2013 8:29 AM

"Who follows this law? Your ashes are handed to the next of kin and that person is free to scatter where they wish, right? I mean how would people even know?"
Don't say this too loud. There will likely be a new government department soon where you once a year (at a fee of course) must prove that you still have the ashes.

By HenkV | 29 January 2013 3:04 AM

This doesn't surprise me at all :D Oh, Netherlands...

By expat | 29 January 2013 7:52 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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