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New truck joins rez solid waste fleet
The Wind River Environmental Quality Commission gave a demonstration of its new solid waste truck at the Fort Washakie transfer station. The vehicle was paid for by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Water and Environmental Program. Photo provided by USDA, Rural Development

New truck joins rez solid waste fleet

Jun 15, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Wind River Environmental Quality Commission gave a demonstration May 19 of a new trash-hauling truck paid for with funds from a $999,000 grant.

Ryan Ortiz, solid waste coordinator with WREQC, said the truck is unique in the county and will allow the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes to haul 14.5 tons of waste on every trip to a landfill in Casper.

"It's not like anything else out here," Ortiz said.

The truck is equipped with a crane that extends 31 feet, Ortiz said, and dumps waste into a 65-foot compaction trailer. He said the total value of the truck was just under $500,000.

Funds from the $999,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Water and Environmental Program grant also will be used to construct a solid waste transfer station.

Alana Cannon, community programs director with USDA rural development, said both departments have worked on the grant for several years.

"This will assist them as they take over operations of solid waste on the reservation," Cannon said.

She said her program works specifically with American Indian tribes in rural areas to help them develop their solid waste, sewer, and water and stormwater systems.

"Our focus is improving their quality of life," she said.

The department also helps allocate grant funding to public bodies and non-profit organizations.

WREQC is a department of the tribes that directs the solid waste and air and water quality operations on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

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