HHW Program Fee
In 2014, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority Board adopted a household hazardous waste fee of $9.55 per year per residential unit. The fee is collected via the property tax roll. The fee is structured to be reduced if program revenues or cost offsets from other sources are greater than projected. Since program revenues were greater than expected in FY14-15 the 2016 fee will be lowered to $8.60 per year per residential unit. The fee level will be recalibrated each year in June, but will not go above $9.55 per year. The fee does NOT go up with inflation, and will end (“sunset”) on June 30, 2024.
ABOUT THE FEE
Revenue from the fee is 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 supports expanded services to all residents of Alameda County. Without these services, most household hazardous waste will be illegally and improperly disposed of (e.g., abandoned on streets, poured down drains, placed in garbage or recycling carts). Improper disposal is often dangerous, litters our streets and sidewalks, and can detract from residential property values.
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 either needs to be cut back dramatically or provided with additional funding. Several public stakeholder meetings were held in October 2013 to gather feedback from single-family and multi-family property owners about the fee.
- HHW Fee Ordinance
- Frequently Asked Questions about the fee
- "HHW Program Design and Funding – Evaluation of Future Program Options Memorandum from HFH Consultants to the Alameda County Waste Management Authority"
- "Household Hazardous Waste Productivity Review" (prepared by HFH Consultants)
- What household hazardous waste is, and how to dispose of it