EL residents disposing of more garbagePublished 11:09am Friday, November 30, 2012
Elbow Lake residents like using the new containers for their solid waste — perhaps a little too much.
County Coordinator Jim Standish reported to the County Board that the town’s solid waste showed a substantial increase since new garbage containers became mandatory in June, replacing the previous bag system.
West Central Sanitation, the trash vendor for the city, reported collecting 443.39 tons of garbage for the first three quarters of 2012, compared to 395.75 tons in the first three quarters of 2011. If the trend continues, more tonnage could mean higher fees.
Standish speculated that the trash increase may be because the containers are more convenient. He added that when containers were implemented in Hoffman, tonnage went up, but then went down later.