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Cleanup from illegal trash won't be charged landfill fee

Sep 14, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer

Fremont County Sheriff Skip Hornecker had expressed concerns on the matter.

The Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District will not charge law enforcement or volunteers cleaning up litter a fee for dumping the trash at landfills, according to a letter from the agency's board.

In a letter to the Fremont County Commission, solid waste board chairman Mike Adams said the agency would not assess disposal fees associated with illegal dumping cleanup efforts.

Fremont County Sheriff Skip Hornecker had expressed concerns to the commission and the solid waste district about the disposal fee for cleaning up illegal dump sites proliferating around the county, especially north of Riverton.

In his letter, Adams called the issue "a misunderstanding," stating "this has in fact never happened and the District has no plans for it to happen."

If volunteer organizations want to pick up litter, the district will not charge them to dispose the waste at the landfills, Adams wrote.

"The District would require some documentation on the waste prior to acceptance" such as photos of the site and a description of the location, he wrote.

The board chairman also addressed the problem with illegal waste disposal in general.

"The illegal dumping around the County has been, is still, and will continue to take place around the County no matter what adjustments are made to the District operations," he wrote.

"The illegal dumping around the County is not a new issue as there were a similar number of locations that had been used, often in close proximity to transfer stations, even when the transfer stations were open 24-hours per day, 7-days per week, with fees enforced on the 'honor-system,'" he wrote.

Adams wrote about the publicity surrounding the solid waste district's trash transfer stations and their new limited access and mandatory fees.

He wrote there has been "no credit to the improvements and additional services provided" including acceptance of construction and demolition waste and added recycling opportunities and discounts.

The changed hours at the transfer stations are comparable with municipal trash collection services of one day per week, Adams wrote.

"(The board) has asked the County to allow the system a fair chance to be successful," he wrote.

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