The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


December 18, 2012

Solid waste agency considers new yard waste options

The Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency is considering shutting down its bioreactor

CLINTON — New plans for yard waste disposal are in the works as the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency considers shutting down a bioreactor. 

Board members were in agreement that the faulty facility needs to be remedied or eliminated.

“There are definitely things that need to be evaluated,” CCASWA Director Brad Seward said. “The number one priority is to get it running and the second priority is to make a decision about the facility.”

Currently the reactor costs the agency about $57,000 to use and anytime it breaks costs around $15,000, according to Site Engineer C.J. Lage.

“How it is operated is not at all how it was originally intended,” Lage said.

Around 1999, the plan was to have two vessels to process yard waste, but gaps and errors in the building process set the facility up for failure, according to Seward.

“We’ve made an effort over the past few years to get this facility going,” Seward said. “At what time do we cut our losses?”

“The way things are running now, I don’t see any benefit to the reactor,” Site Contractor Brock Swan added.

With adequate facilities like Scott County not too far away, the agency may consider partnering up for yard waste disposal and offering a public drop-off site at the agency in Clinton.

The board approved sending a letter requesting an extension on deciding what to do with the unreliable compactor.

The board is seriously considering recycling the reactor if possible. Further decisions are planned and action likely will be taken at the next meeting on Jan. 10.

Other actions:

• The board approved a draft of a letter extending the deadline for the corrective measures report. Originally the report was due Dec. 31.

Engineer C.J. Lange suggested the extension due to a dry monitoring well and leachate problems.

• Approved an audit for the fiscal year 2012-2013.

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