This year’s household hazardous waste day was as busy as ever, with nearly 400 cars passing through the Whitley County Solid Waste Building’s property Saturday.
“We were non-stop from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. when the last car went through,” said Jorell Tucker, director of the solid waste district.
This year’s day was handled by in-house staff instead of staff from an outside company as with previous years.
The district management board decided to go with in-house staff to try to get some cost savings.
Tucker said he won’t know if the district achieved that goal until after the weight of material sent to a processing company is known.
Under the previous system, the district paid a flat fee, regardless of the amount of material dropped off at the event.
“It was ridiculous to do that,” Tucker said.
This year’s bill will be based on the weight of the material collected that needs to be processed by an outside company.
As usual, appliances and electronics were the most popular items. The number of tires taken to the event was less than last year.