Garbage district may solve landfill dilemma

By Sarah Pridgeon

With the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality determined to close local landfills and replace them with cleaner, safer transfer stations, Crook County is facing a dilemma: where to haul its garbage.
Putting an end to the contamination that DEQ claims is leeching from almost every landfill in the state may bring significant costs and logistical issues – unless a regional solution can be found.
At a meeting attended by delegates from the county and all four municipalities last week, County Treasurer Mary Kuhl suggested creating a county-wide district for garbage and landfill services to ease some of these issues and help Moorcroft upgrade what might soon be the county’s sole available landfill.
“Very quickly, I think Moorcroft is going to end up with the only landfill in Crook County, so it’s not going to be a Moorcroft issue but a Crook County issue before it’s over,” said Fred Devish, Council Member for Moorcroft.
Sundance has been aware of the need to close its own landfill for some time and is constructing a transfer station to replace it. Funding cuts at the Legislature have made it more difficult to anticipate when and how it will actually be closed, but the delay will likely be counted in months rather than years.

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