Nephi's garbage rates may be going up.

"Soon we will have to hire somebody to be at the landfill all of the time," Mayor Robert Steele said. The Environmental Protection Agency is pressuring communities with landfill operations on Bureau of Land Management land to meet more stringent requirements. One requirement is to have a full-time employee at the landfill whenever it is open.In addition, councilmen agreed they probably would have to purchase a new waste disposal truck. It most likely would be one of the newer models that pick up refuse cans from the side of the road. All property owners would need to have new containers.

However, the increase in rates will not be considered until after January when two council members are replaced by newly elected councilmen.