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SRP now recycling wood

SUMMIT COUNTY – Residents and businesses can now recycle old wood, including slash, dead trees, and clean construction wood waste at the Summit County landfill on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

The Summit Recycling Program (SRP) is managing the new recycling program in cooperation with the Summit County Waste Facility.

“We are excited to finally get this program off the ground,” said SRP Operations Manager, Kevin Berg. “It just doesn’t make sense to bury this valuable and voluminous product.”

SRP staff will chip wood from this program and provide it to the public as mulch later this summer. Remaining wood chips will be composted on site at the Climax Mine as part of its revegetation project.

“It’s always exciting when we find a way to meet the needs of the community’s changing waste stream,” said Carly Wier, SRP director. “As a nonprofit, it’s always a challenge to find the physical space and create a new program that won’t overburden the resources of the already stretched organization.”

The fee for recycling wood at the landfill will be $30 per ton, or a minimum charge of $10 per pick-up truckload. The fee for disposing of non-compactible waste, like wood, in the landfill is $50 per ton. The wood recycling fees will pay for landfill administrative costs and the wood chipping.

Like any other recyclable product, the wood must be kept free of contamination to ultimately be reused and recycled. Materials like rocks, rebar, drywall, cement, household trash and large pieces of scrap metal must be removed from the wood scrap, but nails and screws are OK. SRP will charge a $20 minimum contamination fee to residents or businesses for all contaminated loads, and additional fees may apply depending on the extent of the contamination.

Last year, during the program’s development phase, SRP collected 204 tons of wood waste over the six months.

“We anticipate great participation in this program,” Wier said. “We could add years of life to the current landfill by keeping this material separated.”

For more information about the Wood Waste Recycling Program, please contact Summit Recycling Project at (970) 668-5703.

– Daily News staff report

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