Marshall Independent: Recycling costs a complex problem

EXCERPT: “The questions of how to provide recycling services in Lyon County, and how to pay for them, are complex. But county officials aren’t the only ones dealing with those problems. The factors that affect the cost of recycling programs reach as far as regional recycling facilities and overseas markets, say area waste haulers, recyclers and county solid waste administrators. ‘We’re in a challenging place,’ said Ray Sweetman, of West Central Sanitation. West Central Sanitation, along with Southwest Sanitation, was one of the two companies that bid for a Lyon County recycling contract earlier this summer. Recycling became a hot topic earlier this month, after Lyon County commissioners took actions that would end curbside recycling pickup in the county. When the county’s current recycling hauler, Southwest Sanitation, gave notice it would terminate its contract, the county took bids for new recycling contracts. However, when bids came back in August, they ranged from around $400,000 to $700,000 a year, compared to the county’s current contract of $306,780 a year.” FULL STORY: