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Waste drop-off site reopens


The waste drop-off site for LaGrange County is open again. The site at the LaGrange County Landfill was closed for two days following the close of Kuntry Lumber and before the Northeast Indiana Solid Waste District reopened the site last Thursday.

The site will be open the same days and hours as before (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. until noon Saturday). Lester Kramer, long-time operator for Kuntry Lumber, has been retained by the district as local operator of the site.

The telephone number for the waste drop-off site will also remain the same, 463-3110.

Steve Christman, director of the solid waste district, talked with county commissioners Monday morning about changes he hopes to implement at the site. He noted that the district will be considering having a more full-service waste site by providing drop-off for electronic items and hazardous waste materials for a fee.

Christman noted that there were some 258 final disposal facilities (landfills) in Indiana in the 1980s and there are currently only 37 such facilities in the state. One of those facilities is in Elkhart County. The site is currently being served by Recycling Works of Elkhart County.

Plans are to take quotes for service at the site for a three- to five-year period of time. “With a long-term contract we can better control costs and set fees,” Christman noted.

Commissioners approved two purchases for the health department. A portable insulated vaccine carrying case will be purchased at a cost of $359. The case will allow the health dept. to transport frozen vaccine to an off-premise site and bring the unused vaccine back to the office. One thawed, the vaccine must be used or destroyed.

Permission was also granted to purchase a Jet-Pro 400 color printer at a cost of $699.