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Carter County Landfill considering tipping fee increase

John Thompson • Updated Jun 2, 2020 at 6:46 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Landfill Committee of the Carter County Commission is considering raising the tipping fee for household solid waste from $41.50 to $45 in order to keep the budget balanced.

The landfill is the only public landfill that relies solely on tipping fees and does not normally receive county tax revenue.

A motion to recommend the increase in the tipping fee was being considered, but was puled back in order for representatives from the state Division of Solid Waste Management to talk with the committee at the next meeting and perhaps also address the entire County Commission. The meetings could not be scheduled this month because the state officials are still under the travel mandate caused by the state response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Several members of the Landfill Committee expressed opinions on the increase in the fee. Committee member Nancy Brown discussed the impact it would have on the county’s efforts to support the Keep Carter County Beautiful initiatives. She said an increase in tipping fees would encourage more illegal dumping

Landfill Manager Benny Lyons said that several local landfills charge lower tipping fees than Carter County, but when the extra fees charged by the other landfills are added, Lyons said the total costs of using those landfills is higher than the amount Carter County charges. He said there are often several fees added, including a fuel surcharge, environmental fees and other fees.

Lyons also said the Recycling Center will be reopening next Monday