The City of Yorkton is reevaluating its spring cleanup program in an effort to avoid a repeat of last year when a fire at the landfill cost the taxpayers $30,000 in firefighting expense and $4,000 in lost revenue.
The program was so popular in 2013, the dump saw 300 vehicles a day over four days, 10 times the normal daily traffic.
That led to long lineups, inconvenience to commercial clients and, most importantly, the fire that closed the landfill for two days and put the City in violation of its permit to operate.
The cause of the fire on May 8 was never determined, but Michael Buchholzer, director of environmental services, said the amount of traffic made it virtually impossible for landfill workers to properly control the situation.
“It was overwhelming,” he said. “We didn’t expect that kind of traffic. With that, we have to reevaluate that program. We’re going to have a program, it’s just going to be changing.”
The program allowed water rate payers to dispose of yard waste and the like for free during the four-day period.
The Environmental Services Committee is currently kicking around ideas such as extending the period of the spring cleanup to two months, possibly May and June.
There will also likely be a limit on the amount of waste individual rate payers can take to the dump. Buchholzer suggested they are looking at three loads up to a total of 1,500 kilograms.