Please Bring Us Your Garbage

Our landfill supply is not merely sufficient, we have a nationwide glut. While the number of landfills has declined, the measure that counts — landfill capacity — has increased enormously.

Not only do we have a growing volume of landfill capacity, landfill use has also declined because we are increasingly better at recycling and recovery. The result is that landfill costs have failed to keep pace with inflation. This is the best possible evidence that a landfill shortage does not exist and it’s also good news for local homeowners: If there really was a landfill shortage local property taxes would soar.