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Wall of wood forming at landfill

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Summit County, CO Colorado
Summit Daily/Eric Drummond

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Beetle-kill trees and waste wood from local construction projects are stacking up eyeball-deep at the landfill, causing county officials to wonder what to do with all the materials.

“The question is, what are we going to do with it,” said assistant county manager Thad Noll. Ideas include composting wood chips, lathing some of the logs for resale and supplying a Kremmling plan with material for pellet fuel.

In 2007, the landfill accepted about 10,000 tons of log and slash, charging $25 per ton. Much of the wood has been chipped, with about 35,000 tons stored at the landfill.

The long-delayed composting project would be one step in the right direction. With state permits finally in hand, at least part of the mountain of wood chips up at the landfill will be mixed with bio-solids from the Snake River sewage plant to produce garden-grade compost. Pocius said the composting operation should begin in the next few weeks.

The county should be able to convert about 5,000 to 10,000 tons of wood chips by composting, according to a staff report presented at the May 20 Board or County Commissioners meeting.

In the long run, the composting plan could include so-called green waste, including yeard clippings and food scraps from restaurant, conference centers and even homes, but that won’t happen anytime soon because of logistical challenges, Noll said.

The compost will be sold wholesale at about $3 per ton. Potential customers include the school district and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Some of the beetle-killed logs coming in will be processed by Nordic Center operator Gene Dayton, who is using an old building at the landfill to expand a lathing operation, milling logs for home construction. The goal for Dayton is to process about 200 tons of wood per month, Noll said.

Finally, a new pellet fuel plant in Kremmling may buy some of the landfill wood, both for pellet production and for post-and-beam production.

“This isn’t the solution to what’s out there, it’s just a piece of it,” Noll said.

“This is the direction we should be going. We just need to watch the economics of it,” said Commissioner Bob French.

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