Carroll board OKs waste plan

Revised 10-year blueprint seeks 2nd recycling plant

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

Carroll County commissioners adopted a revised 10-year solid-waste management plan yesterday that includes a proposal for the county's second recycling facility for construction materials 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 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.

Gotsch first must secure zoning approval from the county and receive approval from MDE.

"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."

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.

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