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City Changes Mind On Support Of Waste Transfer Project

The city has rescinded its letter of recommendation for an expansion of JB Salvage’s west side facility.

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City Councilman Steve Volan would rather re-open the closed landfill in Monroe County than allow a new waste transfer station to be opened on Vernal Pike.

City of Bloomington officials are worried a new proposed waste transfer station would affect a current trash contract, leaving the door open to unplanned fees for trash removal. The city has rescinded its letter of recommendation for an expansion of JB Salvage’s west side facility.

Last October, the Department of Public Works sent the state a letter in support of the proposal to JB Salvage’s west side recycling center.

However, after city officials took a closer look at the plan, they discovered that it included not just an expanded recycling facility, but a waste transfer station as well.

“We didn’t know until recently that if this transfer station is approved it puts in jeopardy the contract out local solid waste management district has with Republic, our hauler, that’s something that never came to light before,” says Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan.

He says the way the Republic contract is written, if another transfer station opens in the county, trash rates would no longer be fixed, and Republic could increase the price it charges Bloomington to remove garbage.

Republic has been contracting with Bloomington since 2004, when the county landfill closed, to haul garbage to a dump near Terre Haute.

Councilman Steve Volan says instead of another transfer station that would still take trash to Vigo County, the city should reconsider opening up the landfill in rural northeast Monroe County.

“The landfill is closed, it is clean, its doing everything right, but there was plenty of space left in the landfill that the community has yet to take advantage of,” he says.

A spokesperson from JB Salvage says the company is not willing to comment at this time.

WFIU’s Stan Jastrzebski contributed to this report.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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