Aug 31, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff WriterThe Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District is reporting an increase in usage and revenue at the trash transfer stations operating under a new restricted schedule.
The sites in Atlantic City, Pavillion, Jeffrey City, Lysite, Shoshoni, Missouri Valley and Hudson collected $5,066 in July, compared to $3,089 during the same month in 2011.
The new schedule's first month generated $2,004, considerably more than the $620 collected at the transfer stations during the same month last year.
The seven sites had 234 patrons in June and 358 customers in July. The district did not track visitor numbers before the new schedule.
"Overall the information leads us to believe we are getting a lot more people participating," district superintendent Andy Frey said during the solid waste board's meeting Aug. 13.
"The revenue's come up quite a bit," Frey said. "Some sites don't get much participation because they're low volumes."
The revenue generated at the sites still does not match the equivalent generated if patrons brought the trash across the landfill scales at the district's disposal fee of 4 cents a pound.
For instance, the nearly 142 tons of trash collected at the sites in June carry a value of nearly $11,360 at 4 cents a pound. The roughly 80 tons collected at the sites in July would equal $6,400 at the disposal fee.
The difference between amounts collected at the transfer sites and amounts collected at the baling facilities generated concern from some board members in June about the subsidies provided to residents in outlying areas.
Board members attending the Aug. 13 meeting did not mention those concerns.
The volume of trash collected at the seven transfer stations was substantially lower than during the same months last year, when the sites had about 250 tons of garbage collected without any supervision.
The roughly 253 tons of trash dumped in June 2011 generated $620, but at 4 cents a pound that would have been $20,240. The nearly 254 tons from July 2011 resulted in $3,089, while the equivalent at 4 cents a pound would be $20,320.
Transfer stations on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Ethete, Crowheart, Fort Washakie and on 17 Mile Road continue to operate as usual.
District officials want to renegotiate a contract with the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. The 1996 agreement with the tribes is set to expire in December after the solid waste board voted to pursue a six-month termination clause.
Board member Dave Hines said a "slew of trash" is continuing to accumulate at the Fort Washakie site where the garbage is "pushed off the side."
"Are we going to pull out and leave them?" Hines asked at this month's district board meeting.
"It's our responsibility to maintain them as well," Frey said, noting that district staff went to the Fort Washakie site earlier in the month and cleaned it.
"Today we went back and it was worse," Frey said.
District staff have cleaned up household waste, in addition to construction debris, trees, brush and limbs dumped at the sites, he said.
"We're getting all kinds of stuff out there," Frey said. "It's a terrible problem right now, and we're just trying to get ahead of it."
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