Steuben County landfill fees will increase in January, after county legislators approved the
increases designed to offset rising operational costs and a sharp decrease in revenues in recent years.
The new fees – the first increase since 2012 — are:
- Landfill tipping fees: Increase from $42 per ton to $44 per ton.
- Transfer stations tipping fees: Increase $56 per ton to $59 per ton
- Minimum fee for all weighed loads: Increase $10 to $1
- Sludge: Increase from $30 per ton to $32 per ton.
- Bags: Increase from $2.50 per bag to $3 per bag
- Appliances that require Freon © removal: Increase from $10 to $12
According to county Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti, the increases are needed to
reduce a projected deficit at the landfill of roughly $550,000 in 2016.
The projected loss follows two consecutive years of deficits averaging $425,000 at the county landfill
system, which includes transfer stations in Erwin, Hornell and Wayland.
The losses at the landfill are due to municipal contracts with other outside-county garbage collectors
and a decline in other county contracts with vendors, Spagnoletti said. The outside municipal contracts
account for roughly 50 percent of landfill losses, he said.
Steuben’s increased fees still remain significantly lower than fees charged at other county landfills in
the area, Spagnoletti said.
The increases are expected to boost landfill revenues in 2016, with any remaining deficit absorbed by
landfill reserves, Spagnoletti said.