Did you know, the DTSC requires generators to pay additional fees on their waste based on the total tons generated per year? Although any generator who produces over five tons of hazardous waste per year is required to register to pay these fees, most are not aware of these mandated taxes with the CA Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration. Learn more about these fees down below.

Are you required to register?

If your facility generates five or more tons of hazardous waste per year at a site in California, you are required to register to pay these fees. The wastes included in this tonnage include treated wood waste, recycled waste, and waste sent out of the state for disposal. To register online, please click here. You are also able to register in person at one of the CA Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) offices. Click here to view the locations of these CDTFA offices.

What is the generator fee for?

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) requires generators to pay additional state taxes on their waste based on tons generated per year. Any generator who produces over five tons of hazardous waste per year at a site in California is required to pay these fees. (A generator is defined as any person whose process or act generates hazardous waste, or whose process causes hazardous waste to become regulated by a government agency authorized to do so.)

The fee charged to generators is based on the total weight (in tons) of hazardous waste produced from each site per year, regardless of the waste’s final disposition (like being recycled). Current hazardous waste generator fee rates are set by statute and are adjusted annually to reflect increases or decreases in the cost of living. Here are the current rates, as well as the rates for the past five years:

What waste does this fee apply to?

This fee applies to treated wood waste, recycled waste, and waste sent out of the state for disposal. Because generators are required to register to receive the bill, some generators often overlook these taxes. If you have questions about this fee, you can email your questions here.

How are the funds used?

The funds collected are used to support hazardous waste management in California by the Department of Toxic Substances Control. Management of hazardous waste includes the analysis and review of potential, present, and past environmental public health effects related to toxic substances.

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Reference: https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/taxes-and-fees/haz-sub-tax-gen-fee.htm#overview