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Trashy Problem In Sarpy County Has Sanitation Workers Concerned

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SARPY COUNTY (KPTM)-Sarpy County expects its landfill to be completely full by the middle of next year. That means there will be more travel for trash haulers and the possibility of a price increase for some services.

The trash will get hauled to David City, Nebraska. It is a 120 mile round trip that's troubling to Gretna Sanitation workers.

"With the tipping fees going up, that worries us a little bit," Mitch Harpenau said. "If the fees go up, we might have to pass that along to our customer, something we don't want to do."

Gretna Sanitation believes the clock should not be ticking on the Sarpy County Landfill.  In fact, it believes that if people just recycled more it could have made a world of a difference.

"Iowa's 30 years ahead of where Nebraska should be when it comes to recycling efforts. Compare their landfills to our landfills, they've saved maybe 20 to 30 years.It's not fair to them that a lot of Sarpy County's trash is going out there, going through their towns and putting wear and tear on their roads."

The wear and tear could begin as early as next June. Sarpy County administrators don't expect county taxes to skyrocket once the landfill reaches capacity.

Earlier proposals to expand the landfill or create a new one didn't pan out in Sarpy County.


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