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Lenawee landfill closing, questions circle about recycling

ADRIAN, MI (Toledo News Now) -

ALenawee County landfill is preparing to close, which could have a major impacton recycling in the community.

Inless than one month, the Adrian Landfill will shut down, and waste will behauled somewhere else by truck drivers. Without that waste coming in, recyclingprograms in the area are at risk.

"Allthe revenue stream comes from waste, no matter who hauls it in to the landfill,"said John Tuckerman, chairman of the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners.

Tuckermansays they receive money for every ton of waste brought to the landfill, andthat money is put toward recycling programs in the county. Now they will haveto look for an alternative source of funding.

"We'llneed to move forward and see what the citizens want and how they respond," hesaid.

Possibleoptions include a county-wide tax, or an export fee for waste.

"Idon't think our taxes should be used to recycle," said Jan Merillat. "But Ithink we should recycle, just find a different way to do that."

Otherssay recycling centers are so important to them, they'd be willing to pay anextra tax.

"Iwould pay it without being upset about it," said Mary Sarles. "It's great forthe next generation. If we don't recycle, we're going to be in trouble."

Countyofficials say they're still waiting to hear from Republic, the company thatowns the landfill, but a representative says the last day will be September 20.They also say no jobs will be lost and no rates will increase.

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