Pictured left to right: Linda Bachmeier, Gary Tull, Tammy Carlgren, Thomas Lawrence and Melody Van Camp. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Pictured left to right: Linda Bachmeier, Gary Tull, Tammy Carlgren, Thomas Lawrence and Melody Van Camp. (Garrett Estrada photo)

The City of Ely Landfill will be expanding its operation to include recycling within the next two weeks according to Mayor Melody Van Camp. Working as a collaborative, the mayor, alongside City Councilman Dale Derbidge, former City Councilman Randy Lee and J&M Trucking owner Tony Locke will be introducing new recycling bins at the landfill for cardboard, plastic bottles, paper and aluminum.

“Recycling is not only good for the environment but recycling will also extend the life of our landfill,” Van Camp said. “Landfill fees are high now; just wait till we run out of room and have to find another sight.  It’s only a matter of time before the government makes its mandatory to recycle.”

The Mayor also wanted to thank Locke, who put up around $50,000 of his own money to donate the bins to the landfill. According to Van Camp, the city took on no expense setting it up.

“He put up a lot amount of money because he has a big investment in this. He wants to see Ely start recycling,” she said.

Items will need to be separated into their individual piles before getting to the landfill, where they will then be placed into their respective bins. The City will pay Locke to haul off the bins once a month.

The Mayor had said recycling was one of her top priorities in an interview shortly after being sworn into office last year. To her, the bins sat the landfill represent a step in the right direction.

“The City will finally be joining other communities,  large and small around the State who already have their  recycling program in place. It’s only going to help everybody,” Van Camp said.

Landfill Manager Thomas Lawrence agreed with Van Camp over the benefits the recycling program will add to the site as well as how it will help keep costs down now and in the future.

“Recycling at the landfill will help save airspace and help add life to the landfill, reducing the area that we use up and saving us on costs when we will eventually have to open a new landfill through the repermitting process,” Lawrence said.

In addition to the bins at the landfill, recycling bin for home use are also available for purchase at J&M trucking.