By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Trash Rates Go Up Next Month

Bonds for Landfill Equipment Sold

 

August 1, 2018



Sidney City Manager Ed Sadler announced in the July 24 city council meeting that the finance bonds for the landfill have been sold.

The funds will be loaned to the City at 3.35 percent with cash available by the end of August.

In the July 10 Sidney Area Solid Waste Agency meeting, Sadler said he expected the bonds to be finalized at 3.37 percent. The Sidney Area Solid Waste Agency is borrowing up to about $1.5 million to purchase a new baler and a compactor. In May, Sadler met with the Cheyenne County Commissioners regarding the need to purchase new equipment at the landfill.

The bonds are to finance new equipment at the Sidney Area Solid Waste Landfill.

Sadler said in the May meeting with the commissioners that the baler is 24 years old, the manufacturer is no longer in business and the mechanic who maintained the machine has retired. The Sidney City Council reviewed options in a recent council work session. Sadler said the city council decided to pursue a baler and a compactor. He said they cost about $750,000 each.


Sadler also discussed the varieties of trash trucks.

“Right now it takes three different kinds of trucks to do our trash pick-up,” he said in the May meeting. “That doesn’t seem very efficient to me.”

The reason Sidney needs three different trash trucks is the variety of receptacles.

The bonds will finance the baler and compactor. The bonds will be paid back over 10 years, according to Sadler.

Residents and business owners of the Sidney community are receiving notice of their trash disposal rates increasing, some saying as much as $100 per month. Friday, Sadler said the increase is because all rates are being unified. Regardless if you have a business downtown or a minimal use residential receptacle, the rate will be the same; $18.50 per yard. The cost is divided by four weeks plus a pickup fee.

“We’re not picking on you. This is our best guess. Everybody’s paying the same. Period. End of Story,” Sadler said.

He did say there are downtown customers whose need for service will be evaluated during August. Sadler added that the rate structure could encourage residents and businesses to be more aware of their waste consumption.

Cardboard, such as flattened boxes, can be taken to recycling sites such as receptacles marked for cardboard, at Legion Park or at Safeway. Curbside recycling is not available in Sidney.

 

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