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County commissioner briefs

October 07, 1997

The smaller amount of trash going into Washington County's landfill since a fee increase has extended the life of the landfill by three years, according to figures released Tuesday.

The extended life has delayed about $20 million in costs to cap the Resh landfill and open the planned Lund Tract Sanitary Landfill.

But the drop of tonnage of nearly 40 percent since fees were raised from $40 to $45 per ton also is costing the county a couple of million dollars a year in lost revenue, officials said.

Solid Waste Department Director Bob Davenport told the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday that the Resh landfill should have at least two years of additional life at current dumping levels depending on how many more cells at Resh are approved.

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A project to build a $4 million-plus bridge and access road to the Lund property and a berm to shield the landfill from about a dozen homes should go out for bid by late winter or early spring, according to Public Works Director Gary Rohrer.

Davenport said the Lund landfill could last up to 90 years due to an advanced design that will more than double the amount of trash that can be dumped per acre.

Bulk trash cleanup day approved

The county will hold a free bulky trash disposal week at the Resh landfill sometime this fall and once in the spring for county residents.

Residents can dump their bulky trash and recyclable items such as televisions, microwaves, dressers, beds, sofas, refrigerators and computers at the landfill free of charge during the week, which hasn't been scheduled yet. Residents will also be allowed to drop off up to four tires.

Fees will still apply for non-bulky household trash and for commercial users.

The County Commissioners are paying for the pickup out of last year's $4.4 million to $4.7 million budget surplus.

County may buy grinder

The County Commissioners gave their approval for the Solid Waste Department to move forward on the purchase of a grinder for leaves and grass that could cost as much as $155,000.

County Recycling Coordinator Harvey Hoch said the county has a $30,000 state grant for the project. Hoch said that without the grinder, the county can't efficiently process the material, which is composted and sold to the public rather than buried in the Rubble Landfill.

County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook suggested buying a mobile grinder that could be shared with other counties.

The county will advertise for bids on the purchase.

- Steven T. Dennis

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