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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
1. When will the applicant receive the approved Tax Certification?
Unfortunately, there is no straight forward answer to this question. The process may take several weeks to several months. There are many factors involved including completeness of the application, the work-load of the Waste Management Specialist, and their supervisor and if all information needed is readily available during the inspection. It is a long process and there is no guarantee that the certification will meet the yearly deadlines set by counties. To meet deadlines set by the county, applications should be sent as early as possible.
2. Does previously certified property need to be listed on a new application?
No. The life of the Tax Certification is valid as long as it is owned by the applicant and continues to meet all the requirements of the statutes and rules. Therefore, if there is a change of ownership, the property must be re-applied for appropriately.
3. What if there is a dispute between the company and the County?
It is beyond the authority of our agency to be directly involved in any continuing dispute that might arise between the company and the County other than to assert our position relative to the standards.
4. Does Used Industrial Oil qualify?
Conceivably, the storage tanks, feed system, boilers could qualify (analogous to wood waste fired boilers), if they are exclusively used for used oil. If they are mixing waste oil in with virgin materials then only the feed system (for the waste oil) may qualify. Incinerators do not qualify but any special equipment dedicated to energy recovery may qualify.
5. What about hazardous waste?
Hazardous waste recycling or reduction should be referred to the Hazardous Waste Section. The Hazardous Waste Section has the expertise and authority to certify hazardous waste reduction.
1. A paper recovery business owns large containers where paper is placed for recycling. The business operates a truck that picks up the paper and delivers it to its facility, where a baler, a forklift truck, other large containers, and a second truck are used to prepare and ship the paper to paper mills for recycling.
2. A retail store designates an area in its building for baling paper and cardboard for recycling. A forklift is used to transport the paper and cardboard to a loading dock.
3. A paper mill produces new newspaper from old newspaper. It shreds the old newspaper, makes a pulp, rolls and dries the pulp, and cuts sheets.