Revenues at Scholl Canyon Landfill have dropped nearly 50% since the recession hit — a major hit for a cash-strapped city that uses the money to help pay for public services.
The city-owned landfill generated in $8.1 million in fiscal year 2005-06 based on dumping fees for 450,000 tons of trash. Now, it’s down to about 250,000 tons, Public Works Director Steve Zurn said.
“This is the biggest reduction in tonnage that I’ve seen,” he said.
The drop in trash dumping has had a major impact on revenues. Last fiscal year, Scholl Canyon generated $5.5 million — a 47% drop since pre-recession income.
Typically the biggest revenue-generators for landfills, the amount of waste generated by building and demolition and manufacturing industries has fallen precipitously — a byproduct of the recession — heavily eroding the bottom lines of some landfills.
Industry garbage makes up about two-thirds of Scholl Canyon Landfill, while the rest is mostly household trash, which has held relatively steady despite the recession, Zurn said.