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JLC · JUNE 1988 Miscellany There's been a staggering price increase for building materials in recent years — not the price of buying the materials, but the price of dumping what isn't used. Landfill costs have soared in New England — sometimes doubling, tripling, or quadrupling in a period of six months. The "tipping fees" for dumping construction waste, formerly an incidental expense for most builders and remodelers, have become a significant budget item. And the end is not yet in sight. According to Bruce Coldham, an architect and former builder in Amherst, tipping fees in western Massachusetts have risen from $10 to $20 per ton a couple of years ago to an average of $72 today. Coldham notes that the State's Department of