Gering encourages recycling of shingles to save landfill space
Gering Landfill Director Rick Hurt is pushing for roofers and residents to recycle their asphalt shingles. The city council Monday night voted to temporarily ban asphalt shingles from the landfill effective August 20th to preserve space for regular trash until a new landfill cell is constructed this fall.
Hurt says he has tried to encourage people to recycle their shingles and take them to the Rock Pile run by Paul Reed with little success.
Hurt says it costs $45 per ton for people to take their shingles to the landfill while it is only $30 a ton to recycle them.
Hurt says the cell being used now has only three to six months of usable space and it will be until January or February of next year before the new cell is permitted by the state to accept waste.
Hurt says the new cell is projected to be usable until September 2022. But he encouraged Gering and Scottsbluff to begin work on the regulatory process for a new landfill, something that he says could take as long as eight years prior to construction
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