City, county to study joint trash disposal

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By Johnathan Ryan

Lancaster City Council will study whether transferring garbage to a landfill for Lancaster County will be beneficial to both the city and county.

City Council unanimously voted Dec. 11 to pay half the cost of an engineering study to see if it's workable for the city to collect county trash at its Lynwood Drive transfer station and then haul to a Lee County landfill. The county will pay half of the cost of the $15,000 study.

The plan calls for the county to transfer its trash from its convenience sites to the city station for a trial period starting in January. The county would pay the city to haul its trash.

"It's just a trial to see if we can work together to save the taxpayers some money," said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

Lancaster City Public Works Department Director Jerry Crockett said the idea has been discussed for months.

"I think it's a great idea," said City Councilman Bill Sumner.

Willis said the county wants to partner with the city to improve the efficiency of trash disposal without the county having to build its own transfer station, which would cost several hundred thousand dollars.

The county wants to be able to transfer its trash on the city's walking-floor trailer, an item the county can't buy and use without having a transfer station of its own, Willis said.

Right now, the county uses an outdated disposal method, which requires a great deal of time spent at the landfill, he said.

For the plan to work, expansion of the city's transfer station would likely be necessary to handle increased garbage amounts in warmer months, officials say. There would also be manpower issues.

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