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 Kauai County’s Residential Refuse Collection Assessment (RRCA) went into effect on July 1, 2011. Ordinance 905 amended sections 21-9.1, and Section 21-9.3 of the Kaua’i County Code 1987 to include provisions for and the authority to implement the RRCA. The Ordinance was signed into law on September 22, 2010.

 

Under this new law, all properties in the County that are classified as eligible for refuse collection services provided by the Department of Public Works shall receive an assessment, which will be billed with County residents’ Real Property Tax. The RRCA cost schedule includes the following:

1) A base assessment of $6 per month that is charged to all Benefitted Properties whether or not the property is occupied. The base assessment will be used to defray the expense of operating the Refuse Transfer Stations; 2) an additional $6 per month assessment for curbside refuse collection; 3) an additional $12 per month assessment for increased curbside refuse collection service. Residences that qualify for a low income exemption under Section 5A-11.4 (d) of the Kaua'i County Code shall automatically receive a 50% reduction in the applicable refuse collection assessment.  Ordinance 905 can be viewed by using the link below.

 

Failure to make RRCA payments shall constitute a lien on the property and will also trigger penalties as provided in Chapter 5A, Article 5 of the County Code 1987, as amended.  

 

If you have questions about the law, please see our FAQ’s below, or contact the Solid Waste Division at (808) 241-4091 or (808) 241-4840.

 

     
 
  Documents Minimize
 TitleModified DateSize (Kb)Description
Ordinance2/25/2011202.21Ordinance 905, bill 2367, Draft 1, relating to integrated solid waste management
Refuse Collection Application Form4/4/2013123.35Application for new service and if applying for an additional service
RRCA Change Form10/30/2013125.65Submit this change form to reduce or cancel curbside collection. Deadline is May 17, 2014 and any changes will go into effect July 1, 2014.
   
  Frequently Asked Questions Minimize
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  What is the RRCA?
    

RRCA is the Residential Refuse Collection Assessment or fee for garbage service. Ordinance 905 was signed into law on September 22, 2010. It amended sections 21-9.1, and Section 21-9.3 of the Kauaʻi County Code 1987, and includes provisions for and authority to implement the RRCA. It went into effect on July 1, 2011. For text of the law, visit the County website at www.kauai.gov/RRCA

  Why is this charge being assessed?
    While costs associated with residential refuse collection were previously covered by the County general fund, they are now being collected through the RRCA, which was established in order to subsidize the rising costs of providing residential refuse collection services to the public.
  Will my property tax be reduced because I am paying the RRCA?
    No.
  Describe the schedule of charges:
    

Benefitted Property: individual dwelling units within a serviceable area for County refuse collection

 

Base Assessment of $6 per month will be charged to all Benefitted Properties whether or not the property is occupied.  The Base Assessment will be used to defray the expense of operating the Refuse Transfer Stations.

 

Refuse Collection Assessment
Manual Curbside Collection: Up to Three 32-gallon Receptacles = $6 / month per Benefitted Property
Automated Curbside Collection: One 96-gallon Receptacle = $6 / month per Benefitted Property
The Base Assessment and Refuse Collection Assessment are cumulative charges, so the monthly charge would be $12 per month.

 

Additional Collections
Manual Curbside Refuse Collection: Up to Three 32-gallon Additional Receptacles = $12 / month per Benefitted Property
Automated Curbside Refuse Collection: Each 96-gallon Receptacle = $12 / month per Benefitted Property
If you want additional collections, you must complete a Change Form
Again, charges are cumulative, so the Base Assessment, Refuse Collection Assessment and on Additional Collection would be $24 per month.

 

Low Income Discount
Any residence that qualifies for a low income exemption on their property tax under Section 5A-11.4 (d) of the Kaua'i County Code (with gross income of $60,200 per year or less) shall automatically receive a 50% reduction in the applicable refuse collection assessment.

  Can I "opt out" of the RRCA, and what is the process?
    

You can opt out of curbside refuse collection, which is $6 / month per benefitted property. You are required to pay the base assessment, which is $6 / month per benefitted property. The base assessment defrays the expense of operating Refuse Transfer Stations and is charged regardless of whether the dwelling is occupied. If you want to opt out of curbside garbage collection, the property owner is required to complete a Change Form. Once you opt out of service, your collection pickup will be cancelled effective in the next billing cycle and if you have automated service, your bin will be retrieved shortly after the next billing cycle begins. If you cancel and reinstate service within one year, a $50 fee will apply.

  Why is the Base Assessment of $6 charged?
    

The base assessment defrays the expense of operating the Refuse Transfer Stations (RTS), which are part of the County’s collection system for transporting waste to the County landfill. We are charging this base assessment instead of charging fees at RTS. The Base Assessment is charged regardless of whether the dwelling is occupied because unoccupied dwellings may be re-occupied at any time.

  How do I make changes to my service listed in the Notice?
    

The property owner needs to complete a Change Form, which can be downloaded on the County website at www.kauai.gov/rrca, and provided to Solid Waste Billing via e-mail to: jokuhara@kauai.gov; or mailed or provided in person to Solid Waste Division at 4444 Rice Street, Suite 295 Lihue, HI 96766.

  How is the RRCA collected?
    It is collected along with real property taxes and appears as a separate line item on the bill. It is collected biannually.
  Is the RRCA tax deductable like my property tax?
    No. The RRCA is a separate assessment for refuse collection and is not tax deductable.
  How much funding will the RRCA generate?
    The RRCA is anticipated to generate approximately $3 million per year if no one cancels collection services. We anticipate a cancelation rate of up to 25%, and in that case, the RRCA will generate $2.67 million per year. Hence, the range is estimated at $2.67 - $3 million per year.
  Am I required to pay the RRCA? What happens if I don’t?
    As with Real Property Taxes, failure to make RRCA payments shall constitute a lien on the property and will also trigger penalties as provided in Section 21-9.3 of the County Code 1987, as amended. There shall be added to the amount of all delinquent solid waste collection assessment amounts, a penalty of up to ten percent (10%) as determined by the Directory of Finance, which the penalty shall be and become part of the collection assessment and be collected as part thereof. All delinquent solid waste collection assessment amounts shall be charged interest at the rate of one percent (1%) per month until full payment is made.
  How do I apply for a low income discount?
    

Any residence that qualifies for a low income exemption on their property tax under Section 5A-11.4 (d) of the Kaua'i County Code (with gross income of $60,200.00 per year or less) shall automatically receive a 50% reduction in the applicable refuse collection assessment. You may file for a low income exemption through the Real Property Assessments Office, Suite 454 of the Kapule Building. Visit their website at www.kauai.gov/RealProperty/TaxRelief/ to file for a low income exemption, or call (808) 241-4226. Filing must be completed annually.

  I totally disagree with this law. What can I do?
    We will log your complaint and specific concerns on our call log. This information will be shared with the Mayor’s Office and County Council.
  If my real property tax is delinquent when my initial RRCA assessment appears, will my payment be applied to the RRCA portion of the bill?
    No. Delinquencies will be applied to real property tax payments until such delinquencies are paid in full. If not, can I pay this assessment separately to remain current on the RRCA? No. With the exception of new accounts or increased services between billing cycles, all payments will be processed through Real Property Collections in Suite 463 of the Kapule Building.
  Can I pay for my property tax and RRCA bill at the Solid Waste Office?
    No. Payments for property tax bills (which include the RRCA) are collected through Real Property Collections in Suite 463 of the Kapule Building.
  If I accidently make an overpayment on or after the July 1, 2011 date, where will my over payment be credited?
    Overpayments are processed through the Real Property Collections offices and refunded accordingly.
  Where do I pay for interim start up service if I want refuse collection service between billing periods?
    

Payment for new accounts and additional services between billing periods shall be paid at the Solid Waste Division office in Suite 295 of the Moikeha Building. Call (808) 241-4091 or (808) 241-4840 for more information.

  

    My property tax is paid through my mortgage company. Have they been informed about the RRCA?

    

Based on consultation from the Finance Department, lenders, loan servicers and tax servicing companies will be notified of the RRCA via the tax bill and nothing extra needs to be done by the taxpayer to notify them.