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"There will be a lot of unhappy people" - Is county recycling going away?

"There will be a lot of unhappy people" - Is county recycling going away?

(Riverton, Wyo.) - As bitter a pill as it may be to swallow, the recycling program operated by the Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District may be going away. That was the report at Tuesday night’s Riverton City Council meeting from the city’s liaison to the district, Councilor Kyle Larson. “The Solid Waste Board has postponed the decision until next month, but they are on the road to eliminating recycling,” Larson said. “There are two reasons, first the recycling doesn’t end up being recycled, but it is transferred to another landfill somewhere, except for cardboard, aluminum and metals,” he said. “Using the landfill is less expensive than recycling and they think they will save $1-million to use for future landfill closure costs.” City Administrator Steven Weaver said the Solid Waste District Supervisor, Andy Frey, is scheduled to appear at the council’s March 15 work session to discuss the issue. He said the District is planning on a July 1st cutoff for accepting most of the recycling. The issue brings up a big problem for the city, which has heavily invested in recycling equipment and personnel. “If they just do this without any public comment, there will be a lot of unhappy people,” Weaver said. “It’s a feel-good for the environment, but we’re too far from the coasts, even with low gas prices to make transporting it pay, they are losing money.” #county10 #news