Mayor to videotape composting facility in Tennessee while on family vacation CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

July 23, 1993|By Staff Report

The mayor of Westminster plans to spend part of his vacation next week touring a trash composting facility in Sevier County, Tenn.

W. Benjamin Brown said at a news conference yesterday that he will videotape the composting facility and show "taped highlights of the process" at the county mayors' meeting Aug. 4.

The Brown family plans to vacation at Lake Gaston, Va. Mr. Brown said he will get mileage reimbursement from the city for the distance from Lake Gaston to the composting site and back. Elected officials currently receive 28 cents a mile for trips on city business.

Mr. Brown said yesterday that he and other Carroll mayors, who discussed composting in the county at a meeting earlier this month, are "certainly not impressed with the county's performance over the last three years" in composting or recycling to reduce the amount of trash going into county landfills.

Sevier County faced growing volumes of trash and a landfill with just one year of life left when the county government and towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville formed a solid waste management authority in 1990, John P. DeMoll, general manager of Sevier Solid Waste Inc., said yesterday.

The authority sold bonds to buy a new landfill site, a composting plant, a recycling warehouse and a demolition landfill that accepts construction debris, he said.

The county's recycling rate in the last six months has been 70.8 percent, Mr. DeMoll said. He estimated that demolition waste makes up about 10 percent of the total.

Sevier County composts paper and organic waste, such as half-eaten pizza slices from an amusement park and other Smoky Mountain tourist spots, Mr. DeMoll said. The compost is sold to soil mixing and landscaping companies and given away to local farmers and municipalities.

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