Commission gets waste disposal recommendations

June 26, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Carroll's commissioners pledged Thursday not to shelve a citizens group's study that concluded the county should forget about building an incinerator.

But the county's governing board does not have a timetable for a decision on how Carroll should dispose of its solid waste. The 15 to 18 active members of the waste-to-energy committee recommended that the commissioners find ways to increase recycling, which would extend the life of county landfills, and build a waste composting facility to convert up to 70 percent of the trash into compost.

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said he had not changed his opposition to incinerators. But he gave committee members copies of an article he said showed that incineration is more environmentally sound than composting.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell joked that the board would come to a decision on solid waste "after the first of December," referring to the Nov. 8 election in which both he and Mr. Lippy are seeking to stay in office.

Mr. Lippy said the commissioners have been considering appointing a solid waste authority to oversee the county's solid waste disposal.

"It would remove politics from the whole issue of how we handle our solid waste," he said.

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