The effect of falling revenues on waste management and recycling services has
received attention in both North Carolina and the nation. Many local governments
that have traditionally relied on general fund revenues to finance their programs
have begun imposing special fees or reducing services.
For disposal of some goods—namely, large appliances and tires— North
Carolina has introduced an innovative funding method. North Carolina began
addressing the problems posed by these materials in the late 1980s through
a series of regulations and programs, including bans on putting certain items
in landfills and advance disposal fee programs. North Carolina was one of the
first states in the country to institute advance disposal fees.
This article, "Paying Up Front for Disposal of Special Wastes," by
Jeff Hughes, reports on NC ’s reasons for introducing these funding methods
and discusses their features. Advance disposal fees may also work with
electronic goods, which present similar environmental risks and costs.
For more information on this article, contact Jeff Hughes.