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Township recycling center gets state boost

March 10, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

SCOTLAND, Pa. - Greene Township gives away hundreds of tons of compost and mulch every year to township residents, a figure that likely will increase with state approval of a $333,520 recycling grant, Supervisor Dave Jamison said.

State Rep. Jeff Coy, D-Franklin, announced Tuesday the township will get the money through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources' Recycling Development and Implementation program.

"We processed probably 800 to 900 tons last year. That's finished product," said Jamison, chairman of the township's board of supervisors. "Our biggest problem is we can't keep enough finished product for the residents."

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Jamison said the grant will be used to buy a large horizontal grinder for the recycling center on Mickey Inn Road, along with a high-lift loader with a grappler bucket to better handle unwieldy loads of brush and branches.

"It will enable us to process more in less time," he said.

With the grant, which requires a 10 percent match from the township, Jamison said investment in the recycling center is close to $1 million since it opened in 1997. The center is on two acres of what used to be the township's municipal dump, which Jamison said was closed in the early 1970s.

Money from previous grants has been used to pave the site and buy chipping, grinding and sifting machines. Jamison said the sifter the township has cost about $200,000 and can make mulch as small as a quarter of an inch.

"We've got real fine mulch. ... We can't keep it stocked," he said.

On Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., residents can haul in tree limbs, branches, brush and leaves, and leave with mulch or compost. It costs residents nothing to drop off the raw materials or pick up the finished product, he said.

In addition to yard waste, the center takes in materials from a couple of tree-trimming companies, Jamison said. He said the center will open occasionally during the week by appointment to receive materials.

The center does not take grass clippings. Jamison said there is a limit on how much grass can be mixed in with compost, so the township decided not to accept it rather than set limits.

The new equipment should be at the center this spring, he said.

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