Durham Yard-Waste Plan: More Collections, but No Compost Facility
Posted January 24, 2007 8:51 p.m. EST
At the same time, they say they are unlikely to reopen their yard-waste composting facility because of changed state regulations since a fire last year closed it down.
Donald Long, director of the Solid Waste Management Department, told the Inter-Neighborhood Council on Tuesday night that he would push the waste-collection idea when he discusses the department's budget with City Manager Patrick Baker and elected officials. There would be a $51.90 annual fee for weekly yard-waste and pickup of bulky items.
"The general consensus is that you don't like what we're doing now and you'd like to see a change," especially to a yard-waste program that most homeowners don't bother participating in, Long said.
Regardless of whose yard waste is collected, however, the city likely will continue with a grind-and-haul program with contractors rather than try to reopen the yard-waste facility that caught fire in September.
The state has ruled that runoff from such facilities is sewage and would have to go to a treatment.
"Frankly, we're not interested in being the guinea pig for a new level of rules for this sort of facility," said Deputy City Manager Ted Voorhees.
The city began using the contractors, who take ground waste to a licensed landfill elsewhere, after the fire.