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June 3, 2014 > New fee adopted for hazardous waste

New fee adopted for hazardous waste

Submitted By Jeff Becerra

At its May 28 meeting, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority Board adopted a new household hazardous waste (HHW) fee of $9.55 per year per residential unit. The fee goes into effect July 1 and will be collected via the property tax roll.

Revenue from the fee will be used to support the countywide household hazardous waste program, which provides safe, legal, environmentally sound collection and disposal services for residential household hazardous waste such as paint, solvents and pesticides. The fee will support expanded services to all residents in Alameda County, including additional and regular drop-off hours and mobile collection events held throughout the county.

ÒThe decision to move forward with a new fee was a challenging one for our Board and Agency, and some members of the public as well,Ó said Alameda County Waste Management Authority (dba StopWaste) Board Vice-President Jennifer West. ÒBut the consequences of not adopting it and improper disposal of hazardous wastes were too great.Ó Authority Executive Director Gary Wolff added, ÒOwners of residences will benefit from the expanded services this fee will provide by keeping hazardous waste where it belongs. Improper disposal not only harms people and the environment, but could result in future sewer or garbage rate increases larger than the fee due to illegal disposal into sewers or garbage or recycling containers.Ó

The HHW collection program is currently paid for through a per-ton fee on municipal solid waste disposed in landfills. However, the fee has not changed since 2000 and the program would have been cut back dramatically without the additional funding.

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