System Benefit Fee
Waste Management Division
Lane County Department of Public Works
What is the system benefit fee?
Lane County's Waste Management Division provides services and programs that benefit all Lane County residents and businesses who generate garbage. The system benefit fee, or SBF, is a means of making sure that all Lane County residents and businesses pay their fair share of the costs of those services and programs. For example, all Lane County residents have access to recycling and household hazardous waste programs that rank among the finest in the state, educational services such as the Green School Incentive grants for schools and the Master Recycler program offering adult community education services, event recycling supplies, and more -- all this in addition to an extensive network of convenient local transfer stations. Because these programs are offered to the community at no direct cost to the user, they must be funded through disposal fees collected at transfer stations and at the landfill. This system of collecting fees to fund programs has worked well for years, but when commercial garbage haulers begin to haul their customers' trash to landfills that aren't operated by Lane County, revenues decrease -- but the costs of operating these programs that serve all citizens and customers stay the same. The SBF is a way to to ensure that both garbage operation costs and the community service programs are funded through the tip fees.
How does it work?
Lane County's basic tipping fee for trash is currently $67 per ton. The tipping fee is comprised of three subfees: the disposal fee, the system benefit fee (SBF) and a third fee for related services.
The disposal fee is used solely to fund landfill operations, including capital improvements, leachate treatment, closure and post-closure care and prudent reserves, as well as the day-to-day costs of operating the landfill. This subfee is $35.05 per ton.
The second subfee is the SBF of 26.45 per ton. Revenues collected through the SBF are used to support the waste reduction/recycling and special waste programs, as well as lane County's network of 16 transfer sites.
The third subfee, which amounts to $5.50 per ton, helps support cleanup of illegal dumpsites on Lane County property and road right-of-way and Lane County's long-range land use planning activities.
By Lane County ordinance, haulers who transport trash generated in Lane County must pay Lane County's system benefit fees for that waste, regardless of where the trash is hauled for disposal.