Trashing Virginia

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

"Increased trash means more money coming in," admits Page County Supervisor Elaine Mayberry.

She doesn't want to see more garbage in Page County landfills. But she knows the trash business is a profitable one. Especially when it involves garbage from out of state. Right now, Battlecreek Landfill is making $140,000 a year hosting trash from outside the Commonwealth. And if Virginia starts charging "tipping fees," the landfill could get more financial help.

Delegate Allen Louderback, (R) 15th District, explains those tipping fees.

"They're the fees charged at the landfill for the trash to be tipped into the landfill," he says.

Louderback is considering legislation that would place a $5 per ton of trash fine on in and out-of-state garbage. Right now Virginia ranks second in the amount of trash it brings into state landfills.

Virginia's four million tons per year falls short of the 12 million tons Pennsylvania collects. But now that state is proposing a $10 fine on trash that could mean bad news for Virginia.

"There's no fees being charged in the Commonwealth right now for tipping so that could mean more volume coming our way," said Louderback.

The tipping fees would be put into a fund for environmental clean-up and conservation.

"I think it would be very helpful because when you close a land fill you can't anticipate the problems down the line," said Mayberry.

Legislation for the tipping fees is still being investigated and probably won't pass this year.


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