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Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction

Hazardous Waste Planning Fee

The Hazardous Waste Planning Fee has been known by two names, the ″Pollution Prevention Planning Fee″ and the ″Hazardous Waste Planning Fee.″ To eliminate confusion, we will now only use the ″Hazardous Waste Planning Fee.″ Please update your records to reflect this change.

The Hazardous Waste Planning Fee funds technical assistance to businesses, helping them develop and implement their Pollution Prevention Plans. The Department of Ecology (Ecology) also helps businesses find ways to reduce their hazardous products and waste, which can improve worker safety and save money.

Who Pays the Hazardous Waste Planning Fee? When′s it Due?

Ecology is authorized to collect the Hazardous Waste Planning fee from any facility that:

  • Generates more than 2,640 pounds of recurrent hazardous waste annually, reported on their Dangerous Waste Annual Report.
  • Reports toxic releases on Toxics Release Inventory Report (Form R) under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know requirements.
  • Or both.
There are limited exemptions for planning and fee requirements.

The fee is due by July, 1 2017. If not paid by the due date, interest may be added to the amount owed.

How is the Hazardous Waste Planning Fee Calculated?

The Hazardous Waste Planning Fee formula uses the pounds of hazardous waste generated from the Dangerous Waste Annual Report and pounds of releases from the Toxic Release Inventory (Form R) Report.

The fee calculation counts recurrent manifested hazardous waste (minus off-site recycling credits) and any toxic releases reported on Form R. The statewide rate per pound is currently $0.079019. Extremely Hazardous Waste (EHW) is counted at ten times that rate.

If a hazardous waste management facility or Treatment, Storage, Disposal, and Recycling (TSDR) facility recycles your waste, you may be eligible for recycling credits. Ask your TSDR. See the page on recycling credits for more information.

Types of waste that aren′t counted include:

  • On-site recycled waste
  • Exempt waste
  • Treatment by generator wastes
  • Permit by rule wastes
  • Non-recurrent waste

No facilities pay more than that year′s fee cap, determined by the Legislature and adjusted by the rate of inflation. There is also a cap on the total revenue collected under the Hazardous Waste Planning Fee. This year, the caps are:

  • $62 cap on fees for facilities if the total dangerous waste (including waste classified as EHW) is between 2,640 and 4,000 pounds.
  • $20,246 cap on individual facilities or interrelated facilities preparing a single plan.
  • $2,024,614 cap on total program revenues from all facilities. The rate per pound is calculated to make sure this cap isn′t exceeded.

For questions on the Hazardous Waste Planning Fee and the billing cycle, email Vanessa O'Daniel or call 360-407-6731.

Related Information

Pollution Prevention Plan and Hazardous Waste Planning Fee Frequently Asked Questions
Reduce waste and save money with Pollution Prevention.
Regulations for the Hazardous Waste Planning Fee are in Chapter 173-305 WAC.
Contact your regional office to get help.