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Lenawee landfill closing, questions circle about recycling

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ADRIAN, MI (Toledo News Now) -

A Lenawee County landfill is preparing to close, which could have a major impact on recycling in the community.

In less than one month, the Adrian Landfill will shut down, and waste will be hauled somewhere else by truck drivers. Without that waste coming in, recycling programs in the area are at risk.

"All the revenue stream comes from waste, no matter who hauls it in to the landfill," said John Tuckerman, chairman of the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners.

Tuckerman says they receive money for every ton of waste brought to the landfill, and that money is put toward recycling programs in the county. Now they will have to look for an alternative source of funding.

"We'll need to move forward and see what the citizens want and how they respond," he said.

Possible options include a county-wide tax, or an export fee for waste.

"I don't think our taxes should be used to recycle," said Jan Merillat. "But I think we should recycle, just find a different way to do that."

Others say recycling centers are so important to them, they'd be willing to pay an extra tax.

"I would pay it without being upset about it," said Mary Sarles. "It's great for the next generation. If we don't recycle, we're going to be in trouble."

County officials say they're still waiting to hear from Republic, the company that owns the landfill, but a representative says the last day will be September 20. They also say no jobs will be lost and no rates will increase.

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