GALLATIN COUNTY — Trash and debris along I-90 outside of the Logan Landfill has become more of a problem over the years, and the Gallatin Solid Waste Management District is working on fixing that.
Effective Monday, Nov. 18, the Logan Landfill will now charge a $50 fee for unsecured loads that arrive to the landfill, up from the $25 fee that was implemented in 2009.
Growth in the valley is said to be one of the main causes for the increased amount of litter along the highway, as well as the high volumes of waste being taken to the landfill.
The Gallatin Solid Waste Management District says properly tying down loads of waste not only prevents littering, but makes for safer roads.
“Debris coming out, hitting the windshield causing a person to swerve or lose control of their vehicle, it could lead to a serious accident or a fatality out on the highways,” said Jim Simon, Gallatin Co. Solid Waste District Manager.
“And if the loads aren’t secured the person who’s driving the unsecured load could be responsible.”
The money from the increased fee goes into the solids waste district fund and will help offset costs for clean up and operations.