EREF Study Shows Average MSW Tip Fee Rose Sharply for 2022

Raleigh, NC | June 6, 2023 – The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) released its 7th annual Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfill tip fee report, an essential part of its data-driven efforts toward sustainable materials management. The 2022 report incorporates data from 348 MSW landfills spread across all 50 states.

This comprehensive analysis shows a nationwide surge in tip fees, with an 8 percent rise in the national unweighted average tip fee, growing to $58.47 per ton from $54.03 in the previous year. However, the Southeast region presented an exception with a nominal 2 percent increase in tip fees. Geographically, while the Pacific and Northeast regions have sustained their positions as areas with the highest fees per ton, the Midwest and South-Central regions reported the most substantial percentage increases, 22 and 29 percent, respectively. These two regions also showed the greatest year-on-year growth since EREF’s inception of this research in 2016.

Interested readers can delve into the full details of these methodologies in EREF’s report, Analysis of MSW Landfill Tipping Fees – 2022. This report provides additional 2022 tipping fee data and can be accessed for free. An extended version featuring the complete Tip Fee List is also available at $125.

Both reports can be found by clicking here.

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EREF is a 501(c)3 class charity that advances scientific research and creates educational pathways that enable innovation in sustainable waste management practices. For more complete information on EREF funded research, its scholarship program and how to donate to this great cause, visit


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