Wagner landfill increasing hours

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Good news from the regional landfill at Wagner: hours of operation are getting back to what they used to be, before a drastic drop in business forced the commission to cut back to save money.

Last week M.D. councillor Brad Pearson informed his council colleagues that the landfill was now open Tuesdays and for one more hour per day from Tuesday through Friday. The operating hours those days will be 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Pearson said. Saturdays continue nine to five.

Pearson said the reason for the switch had to do with the financial picture improving at the landfill.

“Revenue is up,” he said. “We’re ahead of the game, dollar-wise.”

Another reason: it seems the reduced hours (instituted a couple of years ago) might have led to an increase of dumping non-recyclable stuff at the town’s recycle depot and junk being dumped in the bush.

Another benefit from the increased hours, said councillor Jeff Commins at council’s July 18 meeting, might be in the retention of workers, who will be getting 40 hours a week instead of 32.

How much business has picked up at the landfill this year is shown in the tonnage numbers, mentioned by councillor Robert Esau. He said the figure was 154 per cent of last year’s tonnage, already.

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