Marquette County Board refutes action on Solid Waste Authority request

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette County Board refused to act on a request by the County Solid Waste Authority to improve their recycling capabilities.

The Marquette County Solid Waste Authority had previously requested the board allow them to place a ballot measure for a millage of .10 mill for 10 years to be on the ballot in August. The funds would be used to update their facilities and add single stream and glass recycling.

The County Board had previously asked their legal council if they had the authority to accept the request.

According to the board's counsel, they do not have any authority to put a millage request on an election ballot on behalf of the Solid Waste Authority and therefore, are unable to help.

"We think it's vitally important to go to single stream recycling because, as is, today we've got single stream recycling put into the landfill. And, also, the acceptance and processing of glass," said Solid Waste Authority Board Chairman Randy Yelle.

The Solid Waste Authority says they will pursue other possible means to fund the upgrade before raising collection fees.

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