Environmental Management office plans no fee increases
The Hawai'i County Department of Environmental Management plans no new fees or fee increases in the 2010-11 budget it will submit to the County Council this spring, West Hawaii Today reported.
But department Director Lono Tyson told the Environmental Management Commission on Wednesday that he will present six new initiatives for the council to consider that would make the department less dependent on taxes.
The proposals, all of which require council approval and would not take effect until the 2011-12 budget, are aimed primarily at commercial haulers, who would be required to submit comprehensive waste reduction plans.
In addition, green waste, e-waste and scrap metal would be banned from county transfer stations and landfills, and tipping fees would be added or increased for nonresidential scrap metal at county scrap metal facilities and disposal of construction and demolition wastes.
The residential haulers credit would be eliminated and source separation and recycling would be required for certain types of materials.