Solid waste plan OK'd

Revised 10-year blueprint seeks 2nd recycling plant

Sludge to be used on landfill

Management guidelines must be approved by MDE

Carroll County

August 08, 2002|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

The county commissioners adopted a revised 10-year solid-waste management plan yesterday that includes a proposal for a second recycling facility for construction materials in Carroll and a program using treated sewage to cover trash at the county's only active landfill.

Both ideas are designed to reduce volume at Northern Landfill on Route 140 near Westminster.

Carroll processed nearly 105,000 tons of waste during the fiscal year that ended June 30 and transferred about 84,000 tons of that amount to an incinerator in York County, Pa. Much of the remaining waste is buried at Northern Landfill.

"At that fill rate, Northern Landfill will remain active through 2055," said Gary Horst, county director of enterprise and recreation services.

Those statistics and information on population, geology and history are included in the lengthy waste management plan, which goes to the Maryland Department of the Environment for approval.

"MDE has provided input throughout this process," Horst said. "There will be no surprises for them when we send this."

Before voting yesterday, the commissioners discussed plans for converting a fertilizer plant in Keymar to a recycling facility similar to the Roll Off Express operation in Finksburg. Wayne L. Gotsch, president of Environmental Technical Services Inc., a consulting company based in Woodstock, said the county potentially could recycle 70 percent of construction and demolition materials at the Keymar site.

"If Gotsch can do something with these materials, that is great," Horst said.

Gotsch first must secure zoning approval from the county and receive a go-ahead from MDE. He said the operation on Bruceville Road could be running within about nine months. It would employ about 15 people.

"A lot of new construction material is fairly clean, not contaminated," Gotsch told the commissioners yesterday. "There are outlets for recycled items such as paper, wire, metal, wood, Sheetrock and glass."

Drivers would dump truckloads inside a closed building, where workers would separate and screen out dirt, rock and sand.

"In the past, we have seen truckloads of usable goods go into the landfill," said James Slater, Carroll's environmental compliance specialist. "This is an aggressive plan with land to operate it."

Carroll has tested a plan for reducing landfill volume by using part of the 5,000 tons of sludge arriving at the facility from wastewater treatment plants. For the past six months, the county has experimented with using a combination of sewage sludge and yard waste as a daily landfill cover. In the past, the materials were buried and dirt was used as a cover.

Under the revised plan, the county will mix about 1,000 tons of sludge with yard waste annually for use as a landfill cover.

MDE requires each jurisdiction to update its 10-year waste-management plan every three years. Carroll originally adopted its plan six years ago and revised it in 1999. Horst said the latest revision contains no major changes.

"MDE's review is more about content," Slater said. "They are concerned with whether a facility will last and making sure trash is treated in a professional manner."

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