SRP works to recycle slash
FRISCO – In a time when many Summit County residents are working to remove fire fuel from their yards to reduce wildland fire danger, the Summit Recycling Project (SRP) has begun a new program to recycle the wood waste.
SRP operations manager Kevin Berg said the organization collected slash during the town cleanup days this spring and the program arose from there.
Berg is working with some homeowners in Ruby Ranch – a community north of Silverthorne – to pick up and recycle their slash.
Summit County wildfire mitigation officer Patti Maguire has applied for a $20,000 grant with the White River National Forest which, if approved, will allow SRP to provide its service at a lower price for homeowners.
“It’s a good, economical way to get the fuel off the ground in Summit County,” Maguire said.
Maguire isn’t sure when she’ll hear back about the grant, however.
“All the decision-makers are out fighting fires right now,” she said. “I expect to hear back as soon as anybody can get their paperwork done.”
Berg said the future of the slash recycling program might well depend on a Forest Service grant.
“We’re really limited with the amount of containers we have right now,” Berg said, adding the grant would allow the organization to purchase several containers so it could expand the program and work on several projects concurrently.
The SRP offers homeowners a 30-yard container (for slash only) which they then pick up, check for contaminants and haul to the Summit County landfill.
Ric Pocius, county engineer and landfill manager, said if there is enough slash collected, he will hire someone to chip the slash, and the wood chips will be hauled to Climax Mine for its revegetation project.
“It’s an awesome end result to all this work,” Berg said.
Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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