A local economic development director says the passage of Missouri??s Solid Waste Management law has benefitted the Heartland.
The law gives local governments the authority to collect fees in order to manage waste practices. The Macon County Landfill Fee program has been put in place to increase economic development in the area.
An ordinance requires all trash brought to the Macon county landfill to be accompanied by tipping fees.
The revenue from that is used for infrastructure grants and loans for the community.
??We've done sewer improvements, beautification projects and it just helps our community be more attractive and helps sustain businesses. The program has been exceptional,?? says Economic Development Director Denise Bennett.
Since the mid 1950's, Missouri has made a transition from unhealthy open dumps to today's engineered, regulated waste sites.
Due to the increased participation in the landfill fee program, there have been 15 business loans distributed throughout Macon County.