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Falls Township Stands to Earn More in Landfill Host Fees

The Landfill Operations in Falls are expected to continue long after the Tullytown Landfill closes.

As a host community of the Tullytown Landfill, Falls Township, along with Tullytown Borough, receives monthly fees paid by Waste Management based on the volume of waste accepted.

While the Tullytown Landfill is expected to close in May 2017, Falls Township will continue to receive host community fees from operations at the GROWS North Landfill, which is located solely in the township. There is also an application pending for Waste Management’s Fairless Landfill, which is situated on a portion of the former Fairless Works and abuts the GROWS Landfill.

Falls Township receives $4.95 per ton from the Tullytown Landfill and $5.95 per ton from the GROWS North Landfill, according to Falls Township Manager Peter Gray.

The Fairless Landfill, when permitted and operational, would yield $6.25 per ton in the first three to five years of use and $6.50 per ton thereafter, Gray said. Those fees are provided in the township’s host agreement with Waste Management.

The Fairless Landfill is expected to operate for many years to come Gray said.

There’s plenty of capacity,” he said.

Waste Management’s goal is to continue its operations without interruption, officials have said.

Falls Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie said he and the rest of the Supervisors were not surprised that DEP provided Waste Management with a two-year permit for the Tullytown Landfill.

That’s about what it would take Waste Management to fill the space anyway,” Harvie said. “Over many years everyone knew this day was coming.”

On average, Falls Township receives about $1 million per month in community host fees from Waste Management. That amount - if not more - is expected to continue streaming in for years to come, officials said.

Falls Township residents should not worry about the impact of the Tullytown Landfill closure.

It does not affect Falls residents at all,” Harvie said. 

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