RIVERTON, Wyo.— Fremont County and the Wind River Indian Reservation want to find a permanent solution for solid waste disposal on the reservation.
The Riverton Ranger reported Monday that officials are trying to eliminate illegal dumping of waste on the reservation, which is shared by the Northern Arapahoe and Eastern Shoshone tribes.
The tribes and the Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District reached a six-month disposal contract in December. The tribes pay staff to operate their transfer stations and collect fees from users, while the district hauls waste to county landfills at county expense.
Ryan Ortiz is with the Wind River Environmental Quality Commission. He wants to move forward with the county district to find a permanent solution for the reservation.
"We want there to be more dialogue . get the discussion rolling," Ortiz said. He said he would like a committee formed to examine reservation tra4sh management.
Anthony "Al" Addison Sr. of the Northern Arapaho Tribe Business Council voiced concern about illegal dumping and backed efforts for a permanent solution.
At a recent meeting, Fremont County Commissioner chairman Doug Thompson said he has heard disposal sites on the reservation are closed often — not in accordance with the contract. Ortiz said his staff was working on setting hours for the sites.