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Weber County, municipalities forge agreement on use of transfer station for waste disposal

By Rob Nielsen - | Apr 1, 2024

Rob Nielsen, Standard-Examiner

The entrance to the Weber County Transfer Station is pictured Monday, April 1, 2024.

Weber County and its municipalities are streamlining the way they deal with solid waste.

According to a press release, "Weber County has implemented an inter-local agreement with County cities to guarantee that residential curb-side waste will be brought to the County Transfer Station. The agreement will bring a guaranteed waste stream to the Transfer Station, resulting in a more efficient business to provide essential municipal waste services to the public."

"This has taken thoughtful years and we wanted the cities to get on board with this," Weber County Commissioner Jim Harvey said in the release. "The Transfer Station has a safer garbage rate, and we are doing everything we can to protect our future. This will keep our operation strong and efficient because everyone will be working together. We'll also know how much garbage is coming in, which leads to better budgeting and operations decisions."

Jessika Clark, Weber County Public Relations Manager, told the Standard-Examiner that the agreement will help make budgeting simpler for the county.

"Because the county will know how much waste needs to be inspected, the county can budget off of that for equipment and employees," she said. "What this basically does is help provide a more efficient business and, hopefully in the long run, will keep costs lower than they otherwise would've been."

When the agreement was announced last week, Huntsville was the only municipality that hadn't signed the agreement. Clark said in an update on Monday that Huntsville had signed on to the agreement, joining Farr West, Harrisville, Hooper, Marriott-Slaterville, North Ogden, Ogden, Plain City, Pleasant View, Riverdale, Roy, South Ogden, Uintah, Washington Terrace and West Haven.

The initial term of the arrangement runs through the end of 2024 but automatically will renew every two years until 2036. Any involved party may terminate the deal with a six-month notice, according to the release.

Clark said the agreement ultimately will help keep costs lower for the county and cities, translating to lower costs for the general public as well.

"Hopefully it will reduce costs in the long run for county residents," she said.


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