Hardscrabble February Program: Where are we going to put the trash? 


MIAMI — The Gila County Recycling and Landfill Management Department is trying to solve the problem of where to put all the trash. 

Gila County Landfill Manager Sharon Winters will be exploring this issue in her presentation on Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bullion Plaza Museum. As usual the Doors will open at 6 p.m. with light refreshments.

 A long-term plan was started over 20 years ago for Gila County when the EPA and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality started enforcing new environmental regulations for landfills.  

The County Supervisors made the decision to stay in the landfill business but to make it pay for itself without tax funding.  

The Landfill Department borrowed 3 million dollars to construct environmentally approved expansions at the landfills in Globe and Payson. Now Gila County is at risk of reaching maximum trash capacity in this space in a few years.     

Sharon Winters is a native of Globe from a pioneer ranching family. She has worked for the Gila County Public Works Department for the last 22 years, overseeing landfills in Globe and Payson. 

As the landfill manager, Sharon has developed recycling projects, youth programs, and the Christmas bike give away. She has been the recipient of two Governor’s Pride in Arizona Awards and the Public Works AACE award. 

She a local graduate of the University of Arizona Project CENTRAL (Center for Rural Leadership) program and has served as a volunteer for Globe Clean and Beautiful for 11 years.

The Hardscrabble program is free, but donations are appreciated.   


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