Part of a nationwide problem, Stevens County is having troubles with its recycling program as the market for recyclable materials has dropped. Once a cost neutral program, the County’s Environmental Services Director Bill Kleindl told the Board of Commissioners at this Tuesday’s meeting the County will have to pay more to keep the program running.
In response, the Commissioners voted to increase the solid waste assessment rate from $65 to $80. This will also help subsidize other waste programs, such as the annual hazardous waste collection. In addition, the Commissioners approved paying $40 per metric ton to handle the recyclables, effective immediately.