“Recycle, diverting, are cheapest we can do to reduce cost…”Clay Baird
By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
MOUNTAIN VIEW—The Bridger Valley Landfill will remain in operation for a few years, according to Clay Baird, Uinta County Solid Waste manager, at the Mountain View town council meeting Tuesday night.
Then, as reported earlier, it will become a transfer station. The closing date for the landfill as is, is Dec. 31, 2016. The waste will then be transferred to Evanston.
Baird met with the Mountain View council in their workshop prior to the regular meeting to explain the landfill situation, an issue that continues to fly in the specter of public interest. The last issue, resolved by the county earlier this fall, was when it was hit with new interpretations of a couple of two new House bills and change over in the administration of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. The new interpretation, much to the chagrin of county officials, was in how the solid waste would be handled. Municipal solid waste (MSW) and construction and demolition waste (CD) would be lumped into one classification. The new interpretation would create havoc for the county and for other landfills statewide. In addition, the new interpretation would also drain the county’s budget. The Valley landfill would cease to operate as a landfill. And, instead of being able to transfer the waste to Evanston landfill No.2 as it is unlined, the county would have to haul the waste to Rock Springs.
This problem was eliminated following a meeting with state and local officials, Baird said, in which DEQ backed away from the new interpretations.
One reason for closure of the Valley landfill is the presence of water leakage although it is almost non-existent as determined earlier by monitoring wells. In addition, there is a push for recycling and diverting to reduce the amount of trash. In reference to total costs, Baird said, “The more trash that is handled, the less expensive” it becomes.
The ensuing discussion covered the cost of transportation of solid waste for recycling, the feasibility of recycling plastic bottles and the cost of transporting such waste to a recycler, the costs per ton for the county in handling solid waste versus others in the state.
As for recycling, the county has dump bins at the parking lot at Urie on the northeast side of the intersection for papers. Baird said the County had purchased a bin for cardboard and had planned to put it in Urie. After talking with some of the members of the Lyman council, the County is in now contemplating putting the cardboard bid at the Lyman Town Hall as Lyman had expressed an interest in being involved in the recycling.
For the complete article see the 11-08-2013 issue.