Exclusive analysis completed by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) shows that the Pacific region boasts the highest average tip fees in the country.
EREF maintains a database of 1,637 active Subtitle D MSW landfills across the U.S. This data base was used to develop a sample consisting of nearly 300 landfills that were categorized as large, medium and small. Large landfills process an average of 744,000 tons/year, while medium and small landfills processed 144,000 tons/year and 13,000 tons/year, respectively.
Landfill owners in this sample where then contacted and asked to provide gate rate information on their tip fees. Of those contacted, 117 landfills reported their tip fee information, giving a response rate of roughly 40 percent. The data were then compiled by geographic region and basic statistical information computed.
The data show a national tip fee average of $48.27/ton. However, there was substantial variation given the lowest and highest tip fees ranged from $14.47 to $119.00, respectively. On average, lowest tip fees tended to be in the South Central region of the US while the highest were in the Pacific region.
|Region||States||Average Tip Fee||Std Dev||Min.||Max|
|Pacific||AL, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA||$61.20||$26.43||$24.00||$108.00|
|Northeast||CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, VA, WV||$58.20||$21.74||$17.00||$114.00|
|Southeast||AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN||$44.46||$25.06||$19.75||$119.00|
|Mountains/Plains||CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY||$43.38||$21.47||$21.00||$110.00|
|Midwest||IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, OH, WI||$39.64||$16.46||$14.47||$85.00|
|South Central||AR, LA, NM, OK, TX||$36.34||$20.63||$16.00||