Smithsburg mulls yard waste disposal

January 05, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION |

SMITHSBURG — Smithsburg town officials are considering changing the way they dispose of yard waste that is picked up from homes.

Yard waste is picked up twice a month by a commercial hauler, but Smithsburg Town Council member Jerome Martin proposed the town pick up the waste in an attempt to save money.

Martin said during a town council meeting Tuesday night that the town might be able to take yard waste to about 2 1/2 acres of park property.

If that scenario does not work, there might be a private landowner to whose property the waste can be taken and shredded, Martin said.

Under that proposal, the town might be able to give the landowner half of the mulch in return for shredding the material, Martin said.

Town council members are considering different waste disposal options since the town’s waste collection contract expires at the end of June.

The issue will be discussed at a Jan. 25 council work session, and there will be an informational hearing on waste hauling issues Feb. 9, Mayor Mildred “Mickey” Myers said.

The council voted to allow Martin to seek out private property owners who might agree to accept the town’s yard waste. Council member Shirley Aurand voted against the measure.

Aurand said she believed that either Myers or Town Manager Betsy Martin should go with Jerome Martin when he seeks out private property owners who might accept the town’s yard waste. Aurand’s request did not get support from council.

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