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Town plans to convert yard waste to mulch

August 05, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

BOONSBORO - In order to reduce how much the town has to pay in tipping fees to Washington County, the Boonsboro Town Council plans to establish a yard waste area where it will convert some of its yard waste to mulch, town officials said Monday.

The yard waste area will be on town property on Monroe Road, Town Manager John Kendall said.

The town picks up yard waste from town residents five days a week as a service to the community, he said.

The town currently pays about $2,000 a year in Washington County landfill fees, along with additional costs for gas to take the waste to the landfill, Kendall said.

The town plans to dump the yard waste on town property, where it will be crushed or chipped with machines, he said.

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After about one year, the town can offer some of the mulch to its residents, he said.

He estimated the cost of building the area, and fencing the property so it is used only by town employees, at about $500.

He called the change "an efficiency mode."

The town will start taking its yard waste to the new location within the next month, he said.

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