Landfill asphalt shingle ban remains in place

The city of Gering will continue their ban on placing asphalt shingles in the city landfill. Sanitation Director Rick Hurt suggested lifting the ban because the city could gain extra revenue now that the recently constructed cell six is being used. But the city council on a vote of five to three Monday night decided to keep the ban in place.

The asphalt shingle ban was established to reduce the number of items going into cell five as number six was being built this spring and encourage the contractors to recycle the shingles. Councilman Dan Smith told his colleagues the city needs to do all it can to extend the life of the current landfill while it is working on the lengthy process to get a new landfill site licensed.

Smith said it would cost the city a lot of money to take its trash to a landfill in Perkins County if cell six fills before the new landfill site is approved. Smith also noted a local company recycles the shingles and will benefit from the ban.

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