Frederick commissioners consider solid waste options

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Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Karen Gardner
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Date Published: 09/27/2008

Years before she became president of the Frederick County Commissioners, Jan Gardner remembers telling her children they couldn’t buy certain items in the grocery store because they would remain in the landfill indefinitely. “I know more about trash than I ever thought I would,” she said at a public meeting Thursday about the county’s solid waste disposal woes. The county is considering building a $325 million incinerator, also called a waste to energy plant. At the same time, Gardner suggested the county look into building a new landfill that would include components of a resource recovery park, or RRP. All this is being considered for the 600 to 800 tons of residential trash the county collects nearly every day. “When we go to a public hearing with proposals for WTE, I think we should also go to public hearing with proposals for a landfill,” Gardner said.