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LP to truck trash to Okeechobee

LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid aims to save money by disposing of its collected solid waste at the Okeechobee County Landfill.

Town Administrator Phil Williams said the town has established a contract with the Okeechobee County landfill, but he is not sure if all or part of the town's trash will be dumped there.

The agreement, which has been signed by Mayor John Holbrook, calls for a tipping fee of $25 per ton compared to the $45 per ton fee the town currently pays at the Highlands County landfill.

"We are going to probably give that Okeechobee thing a trial," Williams said. "According to our figures, it would save us about $45,000 a year. We did an analysis based on the mileage and the additional employee cost; it's about twice as far."

Lake Placid is about 27 miles from the Highlands County landfill on Arbuckle Creek Road and about 50 miles from the Okeechobee County landfill, which is 13 miles east of Okeechobee off of S.R. 70.

Williams is also considering road safety in trucking the trash to Okeechobee.

"There is the increased danger to the employees you have to take into consideration anytime you drive on [S.R.] 70," he said. "There are a lot of factors to consider."

The town has three garbage trucks, but one is in "pretty bad condition" and would not be trusted to make it to Okeechobee, he said. But that truck could be used for "reasonable" distances if the town adopted a single-stream recycling program.

A new garbage truck will be delivered soon, which will have a larger capacity than the town's current trucks, Williams noted.