To understand the controversy regarding household waste disposal, one must first go back to the system of removal of household refuse. We should clarify that we aren’t talking about garbage disposal units like the ones here but rather about waste disposal.
The latter is governed by the French law of 20 August 1975 which “grants to local authorities exclusive competence for the disposal of household waste and in fact also a mandatory service for them”. The territorial authorities then have the choice between two devices to charge this service: the tax for removal of household refuse (TEOM) and the fee for removal of household refuse (REOM). The difference is important. The tax applies to any property subject to the property tax on the built-up properties or which is temporarily exempt from it. “It applies to the owner and sanctuary of the property. If the property is leased, the landlord can recover the amount in the rental charges, “says the administration. Its amount appears on the notice of assessment of the property tax.
The refuse collection fee (REOM) is due only when the household waste collection service is used. It is therefore the counterpart of the service rendered. To calculate the amount, the municipality or its group usually opts for a system consisting of a fixed part, corresponding to the overheads, and a variable part – supposed to be incentive – which depends on the number of waste emitted by the household.
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