The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) is considering adopting a fee of $9.55 per year per residential unit, collected through the property tax roll, to support countywide household hazardous waste collection. The Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program provides safe, legal, environmentally sound collection and disposal services for residential household hazardous waste such as paint, solvents and pesticides.
Revenue from the fee will be used to enhance convenience of the countywide program by expanding the hours of operation and providing a consistent weekly schedule at the four existing facility sites. In addition, the program would offer twelve one-day drop-off events at other locations throughout the county and would begin to accept electronic waste from residents.
Property owners received a ballot by mail in late January 2014. Property owners may object to the adoption of this fee by signing and mailing the top portion of the ballot. Ballots must be submitted to ACWMA by noon on March 26, 2014. For multi-family property owners, each unit counts as one objection. Public hearings on the fee will be held on February 26 and March 26, 2014, where property owners may comment in person or submit a protest against the fee. Both meetings will take place at 3:00 p.m. at 1537 Webster Street in Oakland.
More information about the fee, a report listing the parcels of real property to which it applies, the hearing and the protest process is available at www.stopwaste.org/proposedhhwfee.