What is the litter tax?
It is a tax on manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of certain products which contribute to the litter problem in this state.
The 13 categories of products subject to the litter tax are:
- food for human or pet consumption
- cigarettes and tobacco products
- soft drinks and carbonated beverages
- beer and other malt beverages
- newspapers and magazines
- household paper and paper products
- glass containers
- metal containers
- plastic or fiber containers made of synthetic material
- cleaning agents
- non-drug drugstore sundry items
How do I pay the tax?
It is reported on the excise tax return by taxpayers who manufacture or sell any of the listed products.
What rate do I pay?
The rate is .00015 of the taxable amount.
What are the funds used for?
The funds are used by Department of Ecology for a litter control program employing youth to clean up public
places, and for public education and awareness programs relating to litter control and recycling.