EREF Study Shows Average MSW Landfill Tip Fee Continues to Rise for 2019

Results from a recent EREF analysis of MSW landfill tip fees indicate a 5 percent increase in the national average to $55.36 per ton for 2019.

Catherine Ardoin, Communications Manager

October 29, 2019

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EREF Study Shows Average MSW Landfill Tip Fee Continues to Rise for 2019

From its database of 1,540 active Subtitle D municipal solid waste landfills (MSWLFs) in the U.S., the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) created a sample of facilities that was used for surveying landfill owners regarding tip fee information for MSW disposal.

Results for 2019 reveal a national average tip fee of $55.36 per ton, compared to $52.62 in 2018, with regional averages ranging from $40.92 (South Central) to $73.03 (Pacific). While tip fees in the Northeast and Pacific regions remain the highest in the U.S., the Pacific saw an increase of $4.57 per ton, or 6.7 percent, for 2019, and rates in the Northeast experienced a $0.86 per ton decrease on average. This year’s largest increases were seen in the Mountains/Plains region (plus $7.14 per ton, plus 16.4 percent) and South Central region (plus $6.12, plus 17.6 percent). The table below indicates average tip fee by region.

EREF Study Shows Average MSW Landfill Tip Fee Continues to Rise for 2019

MSW landfills often accept a variety of non-MSW special wastes. A recent EREF study found that construction and demolition (C&D) waste is the most commonly accepted special waste at MSW landfills. C&D is accepted at MSW landfills in 41 states and comprises roughly 12 percent of waste buried at these facilities. Given its prevalence, this year’s analysis includes data on C&D pricing at MSW landfills. Nationally, the average tip fee for C&D disposal at MSW landfills was $54.04 per ton. Results show that while the majority of MSW landfills charged the same rate for MSW and C&D, this pricing strategy is not uniform. The cost to dispose of C&D was lower than MSW at 27 percent of sites. At the remaining 16 percent of sites, C&D tip fees were higher than those for MSW.

EREF’s free report, “Analysis of MSW Landfill Tipping Fees: April 2019,” shares additional 2019 tipping fee data.

About the Author(s)

Catherine Ardoin

Communications Manager, Environmental Research & Education Foundation

Catherine Ardoin joined EREF in 2016 as the Communications Coordinator, taking on the role of Communications Manager in 2017. In this role, she is responsible for executing all communications supporting brand awareness, programs, partnerships, fundraising and marketing campaigns. Catherine graduated Magna Cum Laude from Campbell University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies that included focuses in public relations, health communication and broadcasting. Prior to joining the EREF team, she served as a Social Media Coordinator for a North Carolina-based author.

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