Solid waste costs to rise

    Adams County will pay an additional $5.26 for each truck load of solid waste hauled from the county transfer station during 2013, and an additional 44 cents per ton to dispose of that refuse at the Jay County landfill.
    The increases were triggered by a 1.8 percent jump in the federal Consumer Price Index, as spelled out in contracts between the Adams County Solid Waste Management District and Luginbill Trucking and Waste Management Inc. for the hauling and disposal of that waste.
    Solid waste board members were alerted to the additional costs during the year-end meeting on Monday.
    In other business, the board approved a recommendation from District Director Hank Mayer to allow construction firms who bid on a demolition project at the city of Decatur's former city street garage to use the city's rate for disposal of construction debris at the county transfer station. Bids for that project will be accepted in February.
Recycling changes coming
    Mayer also altered the board to a minor change in the county's recycling policies that will take place effective Jan. 2, 2013. At that time the county will expand its collection of plastic materials to include No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 7 plastic items. The county currently only accepts No. 1 and No. 2 plastics — the type typically used in milk and soda bottles and laundry detergent containers.
    Mayer has asked the public to keep the No. 3-4-5-7 plastics separated from the No. 1 and No. 2 materials. No styrofoam will be accepted.