JLC · JUNE 1988
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