Starting today, residents of Alameda County are now paying more to dispose of hazardous waste following adoption of a new fee structure by the county's waste management agency.
The Alameda County Waste Management Authority
board increased the household hazardous waste fee to $9.95 per year per residential unit effective today. Fees will be collected via the property tax roll.
StopWaste spokesman Jeff Becerra said revenues from the fee will be used to support the household hazardous waste program and expand
services to residents throughout Alameda County.
The program provides safe, legal, environmentally sound collection and disposal services for hazardous waste such as paint, solvents and
Becerra said the hazardous waste collection program is currently funded through a per-ton fee on municipal solid waste disposed of in landfills. He added that the fee has not changed since 2000 and without the additional funding, the program would have been cut back dramatically.