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Recycling contract to go back before county board

Special meeting set Tuesday morning

MARSHALL — After facing a lack of a quorum last week, the Lyon County Board will address a proposed agreement for curbside recycling pickup at a special meeting Tuesday morning.

County commissioners had placed the draft agreement, with Southwest Sanitation, on the agenda at their regular meeting Oct. 15. However, with Commissioner Rick Anderson away from Lyon County and Commissioners Steve Ritter and Gary Crowley abstaining from voting, there wasn’t a quorum of commissioners left to vote on the proposal. Ritter and Crowley both have family members who are part of Southwest Sanitation, so both have abstained from voting on a recycling contract in the past.

Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday to consider the proposed recycling agreement. Under the proposal, which would run from November 2019 through April 2021 at a base monthly cost of $30,716, curbside recycling pickup would continue on a bi-weekly basis.

While the new recycling contract isn’t a done deal yet, last week the Lyon County environmental department sent out newsletters saying the new recycling schedule would start the week of Nov. 3-9. The newsletters also included a list of community recycling drop sites, and rules for what kinds of materials aren’t allowed in curbside recycling carts or drop site carts.

Waste like appliances and electronics, garden or sump hoses, Styrofoam, plastic bags, chemical jugs and bags of shredded paper aren’t allowed in recycling containers, the newsletters said. In addition, recyclables should be clean and dry, and not bagged. County residents were directed to go online to lyonco.org/recycle, or call 507-532-8210, for more information.

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