Hearings set on changes in landfill charges

Public hearings begin this week on a proposal to change the minimum charge policy at the Hancock County Landfill.
Hearings will be held at 11 a.m. today, 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 policy. Currently, the landfill charges $15 for up to 900 pounds, but the county is seeking to drop the level for the minimum charge down to 800 pounds, said Steve Wilson, sanitary engineer.
Tipping fees at the landfill were increased 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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