Alameda County Waste Management Authority proposes to collect a tax (called a fee) of $9.55 per year per residential unit. You probably have the notice of this if you didn't throw it out with the junk. Send the card back telling them to stop this nonsense.
I agree we need a collection program for hazardous waste. It shouldn't be paid for via a property tax. A fee at the point of sale works just fine for car batteries, tires, soft drinks and computers. It would work for paint, solvents and pesticides too.