Protecting citizens from the unintended consequences of new or increased waste taxes
PWIA is strongly opposed to any proposal to increase fees or taxes imposed on municipal and residual waste landfills. New or increased waste taxes would have direct, unintended consequences:
New waste taxes would reduce volume and corresponding state revenues. When a $4 per ton tipping tax was enacted in 2002, waste volumes reduced by over 5 million tons—resulting in a deficit of more than $20 million in annual state revenues that had been projected from the new tax and a nearly equal loss of tax and host fee revenues to the state and local municipalities. An additional increase in new fees or taxes would have a similar effect and could result in further reductions.
A change in fees that reduces waste volumes would negatively impact statewide environmental programs. A loss of tax revenues would negatively impact important programs including the Pennsylvania Recycling Fund and the Growing Greener Environmental Stewardship Fund.
New or increased tipping fees would cause a significant loss of revenue to host municipalities. Losses would affect recycling programs at the municipal level and the ability of municipalities to fund or finance waste-related activities and general services that are dependent on the current fees.
New or increased waste fees would raise the cost of essential services provided to Pennsylvania citizens and businesses. The safe, efficient and affordable collection and management of waste materials is essential to public health and safety, protecting our environment, and ensuring the infrastructure that enables business and economic growth in the Commonwealth.