We propose a tipping fee be set on waste put into Landfill 33 at the statutory maximum of $1.27/ton. The breakdown for spending is as follows:
• 25% to the Effingham County Health Department for administration costs.
• 20% to Community Services. These funds would support some of the waste
management needs identified in the community survey, including a yard
waste drop off, electronic recycling events, hazardous waste collection
events, and semi annual glass recycling drives.
• 20% to Educational Program Grants. These funds would be given to
community organizations, such as the Boy Scouts, 4-H, senior centers, nature
centers, libraries, schools, etc. to support environmental education for all
• 35% to Recycling Subsidies. With the recycling industry in flux, trying to
support a public recycling program entirely through a tipping fee would be
an unstable solution. A dedicated source of funding to subsidize recycling
services could be used in a number of ways to make recycling services more
accessible to the public as a whole. If Effingham County reaches a point
where recycling services are readily available on the open market, this
percentage should be adjusted up. Potential uses for this slice of the pie:
o Grants to privately sponsored recycling drop offs.
o Expanding drop off locations to smaller communities.
o Providing subsidies for curbside recycling to cap costs for senior
citizens, with the funds being paid to any participating hauler who
offers curbside recycling at a discounted/capped rate for senior
citizens. Amounts paid to each hauler would be based on market
The percentages provided above are a guideline only for how the funds from a
tipping fee may be best used to serve the needs of Effingham County. As costs and needs change over the years, the percentages can be easily adjusted to meet changing circumstances. And, with the creation of a Solid Waste Management Fund, the county will be well situated to plan and save for high cost items, such as household hazardous waste collections or creating a yard waste drop off site.
Tipping fee funds can be used for environmental and recycling efforts only.
In 2012, the Effingham County Board voted in favor of collecting a tipping fee, however an amount was never set and therefore no money was ever collected.
A Waste Management Committee was formed to determine the outcome of that ordinance.
It has been in these meetings that the Landfill 33 representative stated that once he applies for a landfill expansion permit, then he will "allow" the board to set and collect the fee. He has submitted his expansion application to the IEPA twice and his application has been returned twice due to lack of a confirmation letter from the siting authority - the Effingham County Board.
As the collection of money (roughly $100,000/yr) keeps getting delayed, Effingham Recycles founder, Sarah Ruholl Sehy, drafted a tipping fee plan and presented it to the Waste Management Committee on June 18 and encouraged them to move forward with the setting and collecting of the fee.
On July 15, 2019, that committee recommended to the full board to set a tipping fee amount of $1/ton of waste dumped in Landfill 33.
The board failed to make a motion to approve that amount.
The tipping fee ordinance is still on the books, and we will keep fighting for an amount to be set and collected. If this is important to you, scroll down for a list of Effingham County Board members and their contacts. Let him/her know how you feel.
We are a citizen based group working to promote existing recycling resources and bring additional resources to our community. We love Effingham and want to see it lead the way in green initiatives for central Illinois.
Keeping Effingham a wonderful place to live means increasing the community's efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. We want Effingham to be a community with environmentally progressive policies and habits that enhance health and quality of life.
If you have ideas, questions or concerns about anything "green", please let us know. We want to build partnerships throughout the community to continue to make Effingham a great place to live. Scroll down to receive updates and share your ideas.
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We get this question all the time from people in our community. Besides the actual recycling, you can lend support for tipping fees.
Broadly, any charge on waste brought to a landfill, recycling center, or other disposal facility. The State of Illinois has a law allowing local government units to levy a tipping fee on landfills within their jurisdiction. Trash haulers who dump the waste they collect into the landfill pay the fee based on the weight of their load. The statutory maximum rate is $1.27 per ton. Revenue from that fee can then be spent on certain environmental projects, including education, environmental cleanups, and, of course, recycling.
Effingham County is one of only three counties in Illinois that does not. An ordinance adopting the tipping fee was passed several years ago, but no amount has been set.
Last year, the Effingham County Board created a waste management subcommittee to consider and recommend a course of action on the fee: either set an amount or repeal the ordinance all together. A final decision was put on hold.
It is important to let our elected officials know that recycling is important to our community. We can let them know that we want an amount set and the tipping fees implemented. Information is posted to the right regarding the districts and representatives. Please feel free to reach out to them. If you are unsure on which district you belong to, please follow this link to map that outlines the districts.
http://www.co.effingham.il.us/sites/default/files/gis/brd_dist_prec_forwebsite.pdf (If you are reading this on a mobile device, please visit our website on a computer to see a complete list of county board members.)
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