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Funding & Fees

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How the Program is Funded

The Program is funded by

  • residential and commercial solid waste and sewer utility ratepayers, and
  • residents and businesses that take their solid waste to a transfer station or landfill.

Local Hazardous Waste (LHW) fees are charged for each utility account, and each trip to a solid waste transfer station and landfill.  The fees are deposited into a restricted hazardous waste account. They are used to pay for services to and mitigation of impacts from, residents and businesses that use, store, are exposed to, and/or dispose of hazardous products, materials, chemicals and wastes.

The Management Coordination Committee approves annual budgets and work plans for using these funds.

The King County Board of Health sets the LHW fees. These fees apply throughout King County including unincorporated King County, the City of Seattle, and in the cities and towns in King County. They are listed in King County Board of Health Code 11.04.060 (external link).

Fee Source Fee Rates
Solid Waste service - Single Family Residential $0.84 per month

Solid Waste service - Commercial

  • Container up to 96 gallons
  • Container 96 gallons – 10 cubic yards
  • Container 10 cubic yards or more


$1.46 per month
$12.01 per month
$46.15 per month

Transfer Station/Landfill trip - Private Vehicle $1.81 per trip
Transfer Station/Landfill ton - Commercial Vehicle $4.73 per ton

Operators of sewage treatment plants serving more than fifty customers pay $45.79 per million gallons of sewage treated.

In addition to the LHW fees listed above, the Program also receives a small portion of its revenue from state grants and interest on the hazardous waste fund balance.

Last Updated: 5/12/2015