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Alameda County Adopts New Fee for Hazardous Waste Program Improvements

County officials say the $9.55 annual fee will pay for expanded hours for drop-off facilities and public events will increase collection of hazardous materials for Alameda County residents. The fee will be added to property tax bills.

Photo Credit: Morguefile.
Photo Credit: Morguefile.

At its May 28th meeting, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority Board adopted a new household hazardous waste fee of $9.55 per year per residential unit. The fee goes into effect July 1, 2014 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.

“The 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,” said Alameda County Waste Management Authority (dba StopWaste) Board Vice-President Jennifer West. “But the consequences of not adopting it and improper disposal of hazardous wastes were too great.” Authority Executive Director Gary Wolff added, “Owners 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.”

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. 

—Information submitted by Alameda County

timothy May 29, 2014 at 05:20 PM
The money should be in the general budget but crooked politicians always find ways to get your money through increased taxes.
Kevin Cheung May 30, 2014 at 05:32 PM
Scum bags made us pay $0.43 to send in our overwhelming opposition to the fee and they ignore us and still go for it. Shameful.
Davis June 01, 2014 at 11:40 AM
I think the truth has been heard from the bureaucrat politicians. The Criminal Mary Hayashi is running for state senate. Be sure to vote for her opponent on Tuesday. !!
mike June 01, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Mary Hayashi, anybody but her-please. What is it with politicians in this state and their lack of ethics and their failure to know the difference between right and wrong? From Bell CA to SF we have to have the most corrupt group of people ruling and ruling over us in the whole country.
timothy June 01, 2014 at 04:41 PM
If she gets reelected my comments might be construed as racist by some. Let's see if I am correct. Could it be certain voters are racist when they vote?

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