Bad deal...
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For many years, one of the best things the county has done for our little town is to provide us with dumpster day once each spring. We have been allowed to fill up as many dumpsters as possible in the allotted time, provided we follow the rules and only dump the approved types of trash.

This has been a real boon to our little community. There has been a lot of trash cleaned up, but there is still a lot more to go. There are quite a few of us out here trying to change the image of our dumpy little town in order to make it a more desirable place so a few more good people might consider joining us.

Since the open pit dump was closed many years ago it has been difficult and expensive to get large loads of waste to the landfill or the transfer station in Moab. Each year, we have helped each other move loads from residences to the dumpsters supplied by Bob’s Sanitation, which have been placed at the Utah Department of Transportation yard. Many of our townsfolk do not have the equipment or the funds to haul large loads to Moab.

Now the Grand County Solid Waste Special Service District board has decided not to send us any dumpsters this year, but will instead give us vouchers allowing each of us to bring one pickup load to the proper facility. One pickup load won’t be adequate in many cases and many don’t have a pickup, so they will be out of luck. I’d be surprised if any of the vouchers get used.

We know it is all about the money, and we know it is possible to do the whole thing a little cheaper if we put our heads together. It hurts a little to realize the “powers that be” would decide to end a long-standing tradition without even discussing it ahead of time with any of us out here.

It seems they were just dealing off the bottom of the deck. Just as they did to the Castle Valley folks this year, as well.

—A. J. Rogers

Thompson Springs

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