JEFFERSON CITY – State Auditor Tom Schweich today released the audit of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Environmental Quality, Solid Waste Management Program today. The state auditor routinely audits state agencies.
In the areas audited, the overall performance of this entity was Good.
The state is divided into 20 solid waste management districts which assist the DNR in implementing the state’s solid waste management plan, with an emphasis on diverting waste from landfills. The primary source of funding for the program is a fee collected when waste is disposed of in Missouri’s landfill, currently $2.11 per ton.
Funding is allocated to the districts in accordance with the statutory funding formula, and $7.6 million allocated to the districts remained unspent as of June 30, 2012.
Missouri charges a higher tonnage fee than six of eight border states. In addition, amounts allocated to solid waste management districts are more than needed for current operations. The program should perform a comprehensive review to determine if changes are needed in its fee structure and services could be provided more cost effectively.
To read the full report, visit: http://www.auditor.mo.gov/Press/2013-092.pdf