This city expects to have its town dump closed and an automated garbage collection system in operation by Jan. 1.
That action will bring Manti into compliance with state and federal regulations.The city has now purchased 850 100-gallon containers that will be distributed to residents and has received bids for a truck equipped with an automated compactor.
"We plan to complete the purchase of the necessary equipment in time for a Jan. 1 start," said Councilman Gaylen Christiansen.
An ad hoc committee recommended the city have its own residential system, and the city has decided to follow that recommendation, rather than contract with a private firm for the service, Christiansen said.
The service will be for residences only, with businesses expected to arrange for their own pickup with a private firm.
The garbage will be hauled to the new Sanpete County Sanitary Landfill about 12 miles north of Manti and a short distance off Highway 89.
Manti has entered into an agreement with Sanpete County covering the use of the landfill.
Residents have been paying the city $2 a month for garbage pickup, and that fee will probably have to be raised with the start of the new service, Christiansen said.
And the city soon will have to meet an additional federal requirement that the town dump be returned to something like its original state, Christiansen said. That will mean covering the area with 2 feet of soil and replanting to native vegetation.