Explanation of Surcharges
Similar to other regulated services, our rate includes governmental surcharges, which we are obligated to collect and pass along to you. Improvements to our billing system and the redesign of this invoice now allow for these charges to be itemized.
One of our most important priorities is operating in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Meeting this commitment means we must address impacts of various environmental factors, as well as complying with local, state and federal regulatory requirements and surcharges.
Waste generated in Michigan is subject to state, county and local surcharges. These are pass through surcharges, which means the authorizing agencies place the responsibility on companies like Granger that manage your waste to collect them and then pay them to the agency. These fees are structured differently and have a variety of purposes. However, they are most often used to provide funding for responsible management of solid waste, including encouragement of recycling and resources for recycling programs. Although they are not taxes and are commonly referenced as surcharges, these funding mechanisms operate much like a tax.
Surcharge authorizing language may be found by clicking on the following links:
Kent County Charge (see page 7)
Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act
Act 451 of 1994
Solid Waste Management