Westminster trash may move to Pennsylvania Waste Management Inc. looks to York

July 27, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

Westminster residents' trash may be on its way to a Pennsylvania landfill.

City Council members learned at last night's meeting that the city's refuse contractor, Waste Management Inc., is likely to submit a formal proposal in the next few months to truck city trash to a landfill the contracting corporation owns in York County, Pa.

Thomas B. Beyard, city public works director, said the possibility was raised by Waste Management officials last week.

He said the refuse hauler is buying new trucks with detachable units that will allow work crews to make fewer trips to the landfill with larger loads.

City officials are attracted by Waste Management's offer to accept the refuse at $34 a ton, $6 cheaper than Carroll County's landfill dumping fee.

"Anything that saves the city money and takes tonnage out of our landfills here in the county sounds good," said Councilman Edward S. Calwell, chairman of the council solid waste committee.

That $6 a ton difference would translate to a $600 monthly savings for the city of Westminster, Mr. Beyard said.

County Commissioner Donald I. Dell's initial response was to welcome a reduction in trash dumped at the county landfill, thereby extending its usefulness.

He said he had not heard any discussion of the idea and did not know whether Waste Management might be planning to extend the service to the other incorporated towns where it has contracts.

Mr. Dell said the commissioners would have to evaluate the possible impact on the landfill tipping fee.

"I wouldn't have any problem with them hauling it away and saving our landfill," Mr. Dell said.

Recyclables from Carroll County are currently sorted and processed at a materials recovery unit at the York landfill that Waste Management owns, Mr. Beyard said.

The county government is considering following the city's lead by requiring county residents to recycle cans, bottles, newspapers and cardboard.

Mr. Dell said he thought that the county attorney's office has submitted a draft ordinance, although the commissioners have not yet discussed it.

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