Proposed changes confuse Saline Co. garbage haulers

Proposed changes confuse Saline Co. garbage haulers

Source: KATV

SALINE COUNTY (KATV)--Proposed resolutions for garbage haulers in Saline County has some business owners on edge. The county's regional solid waste management decided to put off the vote until next month.

Some fear that new regulations could put them out of business. When Channel 7 spoke to the owners of Roberts Trash Service, they were under the impression that the county was going to vote to have one main hauler. However, after speaking with waste management, turns out that's not the case.

"We started from scratch with like three customers, you know we built it up and we wanted to continue doing it until we retired," said Roberts Trash Service co-owner, Marilyn Roberts.

Roberts Trash Service hauls nine tons a day, four days a week and serves 1,500 customers. They're just one of more than 30 independent haulers, and when they were told that the Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management could be making changes they feared the worst.
"Put us out of business, we've been doing it for over 30 years that's all we've did since we've been married," added Roberts.

Following several public input meetings, waste management decided to re-schedule the vote for two resolutions, after further explaining what exactly the changes are.

"The only one that affects the haulers would be the requirements to clearly identify who they are on the side of their door, and then provide a statement from DFNA that they're in good standing, that's it," said Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management Executive Director, Michael Grappe'.

Grappe' added, while they've had four public meetings, haulers still seem to be a bit confused up until Wednesday.

"We're not putting anybody out of business, nor are we making anybody do anything that's not required by the law currently," said Grappe'.

The other resolution deals with the landfill, it's to allow them to dig deeper. They did not vote on either resolution today, that's expected next month.

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