After fourteen drafts, the final ordinance requires publishers to pay an annual $100 licensing fee, as well as $0.14 per book and $148 per ton in advance recovery fees. If this model is adopted mainstream, cities such as Dallas, Texas, with a distribution of over six million, will see total fees amounting to nearly $900,000 every year.
“Seattle’s tough new ordinance adds more than half a million dollars a year in expenses to three of the industry’s biggest billionaire publishers—AT&
“Advance recovery fees would total more than $10 million if this type of ordinance is adopted by just 20 of the largest markets around the country.”
The ordinance is an effort to reduce municipal waste as more print distribution services move to a cheaper online format. However, the print version, which experiences more usage, will still be distributed to businesses, schools and community centers.
“Seattle has set up a model where the producer, rather than the community, pays for the cost of recycling the product,” said Goddard. “That model must be attractive to political leaders looking to cut expenses, and the environment is always a popular issue.”
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