Thursday, February 11, 2016

Wolf Budget Proposes To Raise, Expand State Waste Disposal Fees To $9.00/Ton

The budget proposed by Gov. Wolf Tuesday would increase state waste disposal fees by $1.75/ton with the resulting $35 million in revenue to be deposited in the Oil and Gas Lease Fund (page H48) to help make up for the loss of revenue from DCNR natural gas royalties to the Fund.
The existing and new waste fees are also proposed to be expanded to construction and demolition and residual waste which are not now covered.  Captive, non-commercial waste landfills would remain exempt from the per ton waste fees.
The proposal would bring the total fees on municipal waste disposed in Pennsylvania waste facilities from $7.25 to $9.00/ton.  The current fees are $4.25/ton to pay debt service for the Growing Greener II bond issue (it was used annually to fund Growing Greener Projects), a $2.00/ton recycling fee and a $1.00/ton minimum host community benefit fee.
The fee increase and expansion are necessary, according to the proposal, to allow the continued transfers out of the Oil and Gas Lease Fund to the Environmental Stewardship (Growing Greener) Fund and the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund required by Act 13.
$35 million is to be transferred to the Environmental Stewardship Fund and $15 million to the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund in FY 2016-17.
A change in law is needed to raise and expand the waste disposal fee.
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