Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services announced today that the Franklin Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) will be imposing a septage tipping (disposal) fee surcharge on those communities that restrict the spreading of biosolids and/or septage, effective August 1, 2006. The Franklin facility is part of the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program (WRBP), which was designed to serve ten member towns in the Lakes Region, although it now receives septage from over 90 other towns in New Hampshire and Vermont. Septage is the material pumped from septic tanks for residents served by septic systems and not sewers.
The Franklin WWTF received nearly six million gallons of septage during the past 12 months, or over 10 percent of all septage disposed at wastewater treatment facilities in New Hampshire. The current tipping fee schedule charges households within member communities a tipping fee of $65 per 1,000 gallons, and non-members pay $80 per 1,000 gallons. For those towns that have enacted a ban on the land application (beneficial use) of septage or biosolids, a 50 percent surcharge on the tipping fee has been applied.
This surcharge is levied in recognition that the WRBP is providing a service to communities and produces an end-product (biosolids) that is all beneficially used at permitted sites. Towns that have chosen to enact restrictions on land application reduce the land available for application and result in increased disposal costs. The WRBP strongly encourages recycling and has enacted incentives to encourage those who use our services to support beneficial use practices. While this policy has been in place for several years, the WRBP plans to expand the list of communities for which a tipping fee surcharge will be applied, from about six towns to 44 additional towns statewide that were determined to have restrictions on land application beyond what is required in state rules.
The following changes are noted:
- The tipping fee for the WRBP communities of Tilton, Belmont and Northfield will be set at $100 per 1,000 gallons of septage.
- The tipping fee and surcharge for the following additional communities will be set at $120 per 1,000 gallons ($80 fee plus 50 percent surcharge of $40 for a total of $120 per 1,000 gallons). These fees are in addition to pumping fees levied by septage haulers for their services:
Note: The present fees without the surcharge will remain in effect until July 31, 2006