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Higher fees for waste haulers kick in Jan. 1

October 30, 2012
Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Starting Jan. 1, waste haulers will be paying higher fees to dispose of solid waste at the Lyon County landfill.

Members of the Lyon County Board approved a tipping fee increase for the Lyon County Regional Landfill at its regular meeting Oct. 16.

Lyon County Environmental Administrator Paul Henriksen had recommended the tipping fee increase to commissioners after the Landfill Advisory Board held its annual meeting in September. Based on discussion at that meeting, where advisory board members recommended a tipping fee increase of up to $3 per ton, Henriksen said, "I would like to suggest a $1 increase in the tipping fee for next year."

Waste haulers pay a tipping fee to dump solid waste at the landfill. The fees help to cover the costs of operating the landfill, as well as construction at the landfill site and other costs. Current disposal costs, including fees and tax, are about $51 per ton of waste.

Henriksen said the fee increase would be the landfill's first since the 1990s. Presenters at the landfill annual meeting said the current tipping fee is one of the lowest in Minnesota.

There are factors like changes in haulers which may affect the landfill's revenue in the future, Henriksen and Commissioner Bob Fenske said. Renville County is planning to close its landfill and build a joint recycling facility and waste transfer station with Redwood County. Redwood County currently disposes of its waste at the Lyon County landfill. At the Oct. 16 commissioner's meeting, Fenske said Renville County hasn't yet decided where it will haul solid waste, but more discussion would likely take place over the winter.

- Deb Gau



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