Policy Documents

Advance Disposal Fees: Questions and Answers

Lynn Scarlett –
January 4, 2001

This Issue Alert from the Reason Foundation notes that states are considering advance disposal fees. One state in particular--Florida--already imposed advance disposal fees, initially set at $0.01 per container with recycling rates lower than 50% and rising to $0.02 per container on January 1, 1995.  Revenue projections are in the millions, and several states are considering similar fees.  Yet, these plans seem to not count the administrative costs of recycling itself.  Thus, the revenues will be largely unforeseen.