By Ethan Colbert
Throughout the state of Missouri, county governments are turning trash into cash under Missouri Revised Statute 260.830 and 260.831.
These statutes outline how county governments, such as Pike County, can establish a landfill tipping fee and how that money can be used. According to 260.831, the revenue “shall be used by the county commission or authority for economic development within the county.”
In Macon County, the county’s economic development office receives $1.50 for each ton that is delivered at the Maple Hill Landfill in Macon.
Last year in Johnson County, the county government received $97,267.62 in additional funding for the Johnson County Road and Bridge department from 88,426 tons of solid waste deposited at the Show-Me Sanitary Landfill in Johnson County.
At the Champ Landfill in Maryland Heights, the landfill generates more than $1 million in revenue for St. Louis County, according to the landfill’s website.
Elsewhere in the state, there are several other landfills owned by municipal governments which are allowed by statute to charge more in tipping fees. For example, the City of Columbia receives $52 per ton.
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