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Contaminated green debris costs city greenbacks

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 9:26 AM
By: Cornelius Frolik - Staff Writer

The city of Dayton has taken steps to prevent people from dumping trash and bulky waste items at its green debris drop-off site, which is a prohibited activity that requires taxpayer dollars to fix.

Dayton operates a green landfill at 2670 Wagner Ford Road and a yard waste drop-off site at 1826 N. Gettysburg Ave.

Citizens at those sites can at no cost dispose of tree limbs, grass clippings, branches, leaves and other brush and plant materials.

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But some people were improperly dumping trash and green debris contaminated with other waste at the Gettysburg site, which the city had to pay to properly dispose of at the Montgomery County transfer station.

Between January and August, the city removed 284 tons of trash from the Gettysburg site and had to pay the transfer station $10,870 in tipping fees to accept the materials.

In May, the city started staffing the Gettysburg site for daily monitoring to minimize trash disposal, and the city also installed a gate system at the property and restricted its hours of operation.

“We’re having some challenges there that individuals will not follow the proper procedures for using the site,” Fred Stovall, Dayton’s director of public works, said earlier this year.

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The city can transport green debris from the Gettysburg site to the Wagner Ford Road landfill without having to incur tipping fees.

But green debris mixed with trash has to be taken to the county’s south transfer station and the city must pay $38.25 per ton to dispose of it, Stovall said.

People have discarded construction debris, furniture, household waste, plastic bags, metal and tires at the site.

Most green debris is converted into mulch under an agreement the city has with National Pallet & Mulch.

“This site is strictly for yard, green waste — nothing else,” Stovall said.

The site at 1826 N. Gettysburg Ave. operates 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Wagner Ford Road landfill hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

During leaf season (Oct. 22 through Dec. 30) the hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.