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SL County to Lay Off a Third of Landfill Staff

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- With half of the trash headed to a new dump in Tooele, Salt Lake County landfill officials say they'll have to lay off more than a third of their staff.

Public Works Director John Patterson said the layoffs stem from a six (M)million dollar annual hit expected at the landfill. He said they're doing what they need to do to remain in the black.

Some employees will be offered early retirement, others may switch county jobs, but not all will be covered.

Trash hauler Waste Management will take the county's one-point-eight (M)million dollars in annual business to Tooele.

Patterson said the cuts, which is about 23 workers, could begin this week.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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