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 final disposal site or hauling entity is regulated to collect them and then pay them to the required agency. These fees are structured differently and have a variety of specific purposes. However, they are most often authorized to provide funding for responsible management of solid waste, including encouragement of recycling and resources for recycling programs. While commonly referenced as surcharges, these funding mechanisms operate much like a tax.
These costs and regulated State of Michigan and local government surcharges, which were previously not listed separately on invoices, will soon be listed as a separate line item. As we continue to see expansion of and increases in these surcharges, it’s no longer practical to include them in our rate structure.