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Re: [greenyes] landfill bans and organics

As I replied to someone who sent me a similar message off-list, I know
that other composters successfully compost residential greenwaste. For
whatever reason, our local operators appear not to be able (or willing) to
do this. So regardless of what should be possible, I am left with the
options that I stated in my original post.

I was not trying to say that one cannot successfully compost residential
greenwaste. The point I was trying to make is that banning organics from
landfill disposal without also banning the use of greenwaste for ADC will
not keep the greenwaste out of the landfill.

Sharon Gates
Recycling Specialist
City of Long Beach, California

"Jenny Bagby" <Jenny.Bagby@no.address>
06/28/2004 10:30 AM

To: <greenyes@no.address>, <Sharon_Gates@no.address>
Subject: Re: [greenyes] landfill bans and organics

Sharon, I would question the assertion that residential greenwaste can
not be composted "economically" into a high quality product. We have
been doing just that since 1989. We have an ordinance preventing "yard
waste" from going in residential garbage cans. It has been very
effective in removing this material from the msw stream. The material
goes to a compost facility about 30 miles away and the resulting
product, Cedar Grove Compost, is sold all over the region. The
contracted tip fee at the compost facility for Seattle yard waste is
currently about $24 per ton (and they are still in business!).
City of Seattle

>>> <Sharon_Gates@no.address> 6/28/2004 9:12:26 AM >>>

I have toured a couple of near-by composting operations in the last
or so, and saw that both of them routinely grind
greenwaste and send the ground material to the landfill for ADC. They

both said that residentially-collected material is too contaminated to

economically use as a composting feedstock. As a municipal collection

agency, this leaves me with limited choices: collect separated
and take it to the local landfill where it is used as ADC, collect
separated greenwaste and take it to the local composter for grinding
use as ADC, spend a large sum of money to take separated greenwaste to
far-away composter who may compost it or may grind it and send it for
collect greenwaste co-mingled with refuse and send it to our
waste-to-energy plant. I don't want to get into the justification or
of same for WTE here, but, given these choices AT THIS POINT IN TIME,
choice as a municipality seems pretty clear.

My point is not to try to justify WTE. Instead, I would advocate
including ADC in the landfill ban. In other words, greenwaste
go into a landfill period -- not in the trash cells, and not over them

either. Until landfilling greenwaste (in whatever form) is no longer
option (or is economically infeasible), it will be difficult and
to do the right thing. And if it's expensive, you can bet that
municipalities won't do it -- not with the kinds of budgetary
we all operate under these days. Of course, you can't just ban
landfilling the material without having some other option in place, but

that's another discussion.

Sharon Gates
Recycling Specialist
City of Long Beach, California

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