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Landfill to be used for composting

July 07, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Greene Township, Pa., residents will be able to get rid of their dead leaves, brush and other yard waste when the township builds a composting facility at its former landfill.

The township recently was approved for a $182,577 state grant for the project, according to the office of state Rep. Jeffrey Coy, D-Franklin.

The money is coming from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Recycling Development and Implementation Grant Program.

Supervisor Charles D. Jamison Jr. said Tuesday the township plans to build the composting site at the closed landfill on Mickeys Inn Road. He said most of the grant money will go toward the purchase of a chipper, shredder and bucket tractor.

Jamison said the tractor and shredder could also be used to help mow along township roads.

On site, the township would pave part of the three-acre tract, construct a building for equipment storage and office space, and install a chain-link fence.

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Jamison said leaves and brush would be accepted at the site, "but we're still up in the air about grass. It has to be handled and turned more than leaves and brush. The end product we can either sell ... or offer back to township residents at no cost.

"I'd like to have it up and running by fall, but that's questionable," Jamison said.

He said the township has to provide a 10 percent match for the grant, but that can be in the form of in-kind services, such as labor and equipment to develop the site.

Jamison said township residents would be able to drop off yard waste at no cost.

He said hours of operation have not been determined.

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