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Powell Trash to Billings Landfill

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POWELL, WYOMING - For the first time, Northwest Wyoming trash may be trucked to Billings for disposal. Powell’s Mayor said it will save the city up to two hundred thousand dollars a year.

If Billings City Council agrees, trucks will start hauling tons of trash from Powell across the state line to Billings' landfill, almost a hundred miles away.

Park County Commissioners had hoped the local community would take its trash to the new lined county landfill, about thirty miles away. They even offered to lower their fee from $90 a ton to $72 if Powell would keep it’s trash in the county.

But, because Billings will charge Powell only $26 a ton to dump it’s trash there, even high gas prices can’t make up the difference.

Powell Mayor Don Hillman said, “We started out delivering out trash to Cody in our collection traps. If we had continued, doing that would have cost us about $744,000 a year.”

That’s a lot of money for the small community. Hillman said the council’s move to move Powell trash to Billings was no surprise to him.

He explained, “Anytime you can save between $155,000 and a $186,000 a year, no I wasn’t surprised.”

But, Powell’s move takes about $400,000 of potential revenue from Park County’s landfill. Commission Chair, Bucky Hall, says Powell’s move to Billings was not a surprise, so the county has already adjusted its budget.

Hillman said Billings takes waste from several towns outside the city, and it actually generates some money from the trash.

He said, “So they’re making money off the methane. They’re selling that to MDU, and it’s heating houses in Billings.”

Hillman said its possible Powell’s trash could come back to Park County someday. The towns five year contract can be terminated by Billings or Powell. The town of Cody signed a long term agreement with Park County last winter. They’ll pay $78 dollars a ton, or three times the Billing’s rate, to dump near home.

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