Policy Analysis | April 2016

What are the landfill tipping fees in SLC member states?

Anne Roberts Brody

A tipping fee is a fee charged for the disposal of waste at a landfill. Tipping fees can vary greatly at each disposal site, influenced by factors such as location, owner, size, proximity to other landfills, and other operational variables. Tipping fees cover operation and maintenance costs. When applicable, tipping fees also may include taxes, generation fees and host community fees. Fees derived by local governments, host fees, may be used by a municipality to fund local projects, county fees often fund solid waste management organizations and state fees may help fund state-wide waste reduction programs or other environmental efforts within the state.

Tipping Fees in SLC Member States
State High Low Average
Alabama $47.00 $26.00 $37.00
Arkansas $43.00 $33.00 $33.05
Florida $83.92 $25.50 $43.65
Georgia $45.00 $30.55 $38.27
Kentucky $55.00 $33.50 $44.69
Louisiana $31.00 $19.80 $26.96
Mississippi $47.00 $11.00 $26.48
Missouri $48.11 $30.00 $38.38
North Carolina $65.84 $27.50 $41.59
Oklahoma $50.29 $27.75 $38.31
South Carolina $66.00 $29.00 $42.61
Tennessee $48.00 $30.50 $41.50
Texas $41.00 $5.00 $28.95
Virginia $66.00 $32.00 $46.11
West Virginia $69.25 $41.75 $49.46
Average $53.76 $26.86 $38.47

Source: Clean Energy Projects Inc.