Grant County recycling budget shows decrease [UPDATED]Published 9:43am Monday, February 27, 2012 Updated 11:45am Monday, February 27, 2012
Taxpayers in Grant County are seeing a savings in the 2012 recycling budget, to the tune of $6,180. The recycling budget for this year is $238,100 compared to $244,280 last year.
County Coordinator Jim Standish told county board members that reasons for the savings come mostly from two areas.
First is the contract with the DAC recycling contractor for $1,000 less than a year ago. The county budget for recycling equipment is $3,000 less in 2012 as compared to 2011.
“There will be significant equipment replacement as more recycling trailers are replaced in 2012,” said Standish, “but the county has money in reserve for this.”
The new contractor for solid waste, West Central Sanitation, has contracted for $166,400 this year. That’s $3,000 less than a year ago.
Customers in Elbow Lake, Wendell, Ashby and other communities in Grant County notice little change. Pickup schedule remains the same and people can continue to purchase bags and use plastic containers.
New blue West Central bags are available. They are on sale at Andy’s in Wendell and Dean’s SuperValu in Elbow Lake.
The overall recycling and solid waste budgets, combined, total $422,250. That’s still $6,000 less than a year ago.
That dollar amount is split between cities in Grant County (ie. Elbow Lake and Ashby) and rural customers, based on the percentage of solid waste collected last year.