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County cracks down on trash hauler

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Officials in Summit County say they’ll crack down on haulers when new sanitation and recycling contracts begin July 1.

The government could randomly inspect equipment operated by Allied Waste Services and County Curbside to ensure vehicles are safe after a Heber man died while driving a garbage truck in the Snyderville Basin several years ago.

At least one-third of Aliied Waste’s trucks must not be more than five years old to ensure "that we don’t have a lot of old, outdated equipment that is running around out there that is marginal," Summit County Public Works Administrator Kevin Callahan explained.

Also, containers must stay well maintained, he said, adding that the county approved a new $1.5 million contract for Allied.

"If we see a four-yard or a six-yard bin with a cracked top, we can notify [Allied,]" Callahan said.

The new contract also includes penalties for truck drivers who break the law.

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Meanwhile, citizens who try to dispose of tires, appliances and other prohibited materials in their garbage could be cited, Callahan said.

"We’ve had a problem from time to time with people throwing tires into Dumpsters," he said, adding that Allied drivers will watch for illegal material inside containers.

Allied Waste, formerly known as BFI, has hauled trash in Summit County since 2000. The company’s new 5-year residential contract starts July 1.

The new contract means Allied Waste won’t exclusively pick up trash from business owners who, starting next month, must arrange for their own commercial haulers.

Still, Allied will serve multi-family housing like apartments and condominiums when the new contract starts in July. The current contract serves only single-family housing in Summit County.

The new contract also requires Allied to donate $2,000 per month to educate people about recycling programs in Summit County, Callahan said.

"We’ve got to have some way to monitor that to see that it is used for what it is intended for," Woolstenhulme said. "To just give Recycle Utah the $2,000 and tell them to educate the public, and not have the checks-and-balances deal there, somebody has to be accountable for that."

The new contract allows Allied Waste to continue providing curbside recycling service to parts of Snyderville and Park City.

County Curbside contract

The private recycling firm, County Curbside, that currently serves residents in Park City and South Summit will provide manual curbside pick up to those areas for Summit County for five more years for about $175,000.

But a request from County Curbside co-owner Joe Kernan for an extra fuel allowance was rejected before the Summit County Commission approved the company’s new contract.

"We think these are unusual times," Kernan said about higher fuel costs. "This will continue to impact us, so it is something that we want to start a discussion about."

But the fuel surcharge would increase the cost of curbside recycling for taxpayers by 15 percent, Callahan said.

"We have enough concern about fuel charges with our own fleet of vehicles," County Commissioner Bob Richer said.