Landfill Tipping Fees See Minimal Increases

By Megan Greenwalt, Waste 360.

Despite reports of tipping fees increasing at some landfills across the U.S., industry officials say that these spikes are minimal and in line with inflation and normal rate increases.

“In the central state regions where many of our clients are based we are seeing moderate increases in tipping fees in line with cost of living increases,” says Keith Connor, P.E. project manager for Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co. Inc. based in Kansas City, Miss. “Landfill costs are frequently developed based on cost of service analysis and then frequently checked against prevailing market rates before setting the tipping fees. Some consolidation of landfill ownership is allowing landfills to pass on increased costs rather than absorb them.”