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Waste Disposal Fee
Increased in Illinois
Naperville, IL— An increase in state fees and taxes
placed on waste disposal was added to business and residential trash bills
beginning July 1 in Illinois.
The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) said its member
companies are advising business and municipal customers that the new or
increased fees will be reflected on their invoices taking effect over
the next few weeks.
"The waste disposal industry in effect is serving as the State of
Illinois revenue collector for these fee increases," said Tom Agema,
general manager of Homewood Disposal Services and president of the Illinois
Chapter of the NSWMA. "We regret that these increases will have an
impact on our business, municipal and residential customers — but
just like with sales taxes and user fees, it's the customer who winds
up picking up the tab."
Chief among those affecting garbage pickup costs were a doubling of the
state's solid waste management fee, or "tipping fee," from $1.07
per ton to $2.22 per ton, and a similar 100 percent increase in landfill
permitting fees. The solid waste management fee increase alone has a $15
million impact on the industry. These fees are collected by landfill operators
and forwarded to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
"These solid waste companies are among several industries in Illinois
who have ended up in the unenviable position of telling their customers
they must bear the brunt of the State's budget crisis," said Doug
Whitley, president, Illinois State Chamber of Commerce. "Businesses
today are having a hard enough time keeping prices down in the wake of
rising insurance, fuel and labor costs without having to pass on new state-imposed
taxes and fees to their customers."
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