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Trash now going to Janesville
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MONROE - The city of Monroe will be sending its garbage directly to Janesville on a trial basis, bypassing the county transfer station in the hopes of saving money.

Monroe's Common Council on Tuesday directed the Board of Public Works to begin transporting garbage directly to the landfill in Janesville. Previously, the city sent its solid waste to the Green County Transfer station as non-members. Negotiations to once again form a membership with the transfer station were ended in September after the city found there was no way to come to an agreement.

Public Works Director Colin Simpson said there are other options besides Janesville, including Advanced Disposal in Monroe, if the city needs a different or closer location.

The council agreed using Janesville on a trial basis was the best plan of action. Alderwoman Brooke Bauman said she would be happy to see how the estimates of cost-savings for the city come to fruition and what impact the change will have on more than just the budget.

"I want to see how this affects our employees, too," Bauman said. "There are a lot of factors to consider."