Public landfill fee hearings to begin this week

Public hearings on a proposal to increase tipping fees at the Hancock County Landfill begin this week.

Hearings will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and again on Jan. 28, in the offices of the Hancock County commissioners, 514 S. Main St., Suite C.

The hearings allow for public input on a proposal to change the minimum charge at the landfill from $15 for up to 900 pounds, to $15 for up to 800 pounds, said Steve Wilson, sanitary engineer.

Tipping fees at the landfill were also increase by $2 per ton on Jan. 1. The additional money will offset a drop in tonnage receipts and will pay for construction at the landfill.

The higher fees are expected to cover expenses at the landfill well into the next decade.

The increase puts the landfill’s tipping fee at $37.75 per ton for waste from in the county, and $39.75 for out-of-county waste.

A separate rate has also been set for construction and demolition debris at $26 per ton.

Clean, hard fill — like bricks, concrete blocks and slabs less than 6 inches thick — will cost $10 per ton to dump, and may be used for road base by the engineer’s office.

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