The Update: Household hazardous waste fee, take two

The Update: Household hazardous waste fee, take two

Michele Ellson
Alameda County Waste Management Authority

Photo from the Alameda County Waste Management Authority website.

THE STORY: The Alameda County Waste Management Authority – aka Stopwaste.org – has been considering a $9.55 per residential unit fee to pay for the disposal of old paint, motor oil and other hazardous wastes. The authority a has collected a $2.15 per ton fee collected for every ton of garbage dumped in a landfill since 2000, but revenues have declined as more waste is diverted to recycling and green bins.

THE LATEST: The authority’s board came up a vote short on imposing the fee in March, but staff have put it on their agenda for another vote.

WHAT’S NEXT: The board will again consider the fee at its next meeting, which starts at 3 p.m. today at the Stopwaste offices, 1537 Webster Street, Oakland.

MORE INFORMATION: An agenda and staff report regarding the proposed fee are here; more information on the fee is here. The Alamedan’s story on the proposed fee is here; the Contra Costa Times has more, here.