Ohio EPA increases landfill fees in new budget

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) solid waste disposal fees increased by $1.25 per ton effective August 1, 2009, bringing the total per-ton state solid waste disposal fee to $4.75.

This is a state mandated fee and constitutes a pass through fee that will be collected by waste haulers from their customers and forwarded to the Ohio EPA.

The $1.25 per ton increase from the Ohio EPA is part of the new state budget passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Ted Strickland. Of the $1.25 increase, $1.00 will be directed to the Ohio EPA Environmental Protection Fund, and $.25 will go toward the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Soil and Water Conservation District fund.

In larger cities such as Columbus, the increase could lead to additional tipping expenditures of up to $300,000 per year.