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Fulton County may raise landfill fees in 2013

October 31, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Department of Solid Waste is proposing a $1-per-ton increases in county landfill rates for 2013 in seven major categories. It would be the second consecutive year of rate increases.

"Last year, we did our first increase in quite some time," Solid Waste Director Jeff Bouchard told a Board of Supervisors' committee Tuesday night.

Tipping fees are the rates that municipal and private haulers are charged to bring various forms of waste to the county landfill, off Mud Road in the town of Johnstown.

The Economic Development and Environment Committee voted Tuesday to authorize setting 2013 landfill fees and set a rate structure.

The Finance Committee is scheduled to review the proposal Thursday and send it to the full board Nov. 13.

Bouchard noted the $1-per-ton increase in landfill fees would set the rates as follows in these categories: construction-demolition - $56; commercial - $56; county transfer haul - $53; industrial waste - $56; municipal direct-haul - $33; sludge - $44; and out-of-county contracted waste - $56.

The fee schedule calls leaves the other categories' fees unchanged: asbestos - $150 per ton; contaminated soil - $25; uncovered load - $150; cleanup program - $50; transfer station recycling - $12.50; curbside recycling - $25; commercial recycling - $10; and compost - $10.

Bouchard said the new rate schedule will raise necessary funds for a balanced 2013 Department of Solid Waste budget. He said nearly $1 million per year is set aside for required reserve accounts - post-closure, capping, remediation and depreciation - and $76.5 million is required for the landfill in the next 62 years and beyond for projects and post-closure work.

In 2006, the Department of Solid Waste completed a financial assurance update that showed future fee increases should be tied to quantities of incoming tonnage in order to support programs and mandated reserves.

Michael Anich covers Fulton County news and can be reached by email at



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