A New Jersey company proposes building an incinerator in Carroll to handle trash from Carroll, Howard and at least one other county, a company manager said yesterday.
John E. Joyner, manager of business development for Ogden Projects Inc. in Fairfield, N.J., will present his idea to Carroll's Waste-to-Energy Committee in December.
The citizens committee is studying whether the county should build an incinerator that would burn county trash and generate electricity. Members expect to make a decision by June.
County officials are looking for ways to save landfill space and money on trash disposal. They also are considering recycling and composting as alternatives to building new landfills.
The proposal to build an incinerator in Carroll is preliminary, and the company has not investigated any sites, Mr. Joyner said. "This is really early in the conceptual development of the project."
A regional incinerator would be the best way to dispose of trash, he said.
"We have convinced ourselves that we can offer a regional project that makes sense for Howard and Carroll counties," Mr. Joyner said.
A telephone survey of 400 Carroll residents, commissioned by Ogden Products, found that 60 percent favored incineration over other forms of waste disposal, he said. The survey was done in August by Potomac Survey Research Inc., he said.
Ogden Projects operates 24 incinerators nationwide, including one in Lancaster, Pa., that Carroll officials and the Waste-to-Energy Committee have visited. The company is building an incinerator in Montgomery County.
Lloyd R. Helt Jr., chairman of Carroll's Waste-to-Energy Committee, said he had "a very positive meeting" Friday with Mr. Joyner and James E. Slater Jr., administrator of the Carroll Office of Environmental Services.
He said he invited Mr. Joyner to speak to the committee at its regular meeting Dec. 16.
"There was enough there that I wanted the whole committee to hear him talk," Mr. Helt said.
Ogden Projects proposes to build a 1,500-ton-a-day plant for which Carroll and Howard would provide half the trash to be burned, Mr. Joyner said. Trash also could come from Baltimore or Frederick counties, he said.
The company would incorporate recycling and composting into the operation, Mr. Joyner said. Only ash from the burning would be placed in a landfill, he said.
Carroll's two operating landfills -- Northern and Hoods Mill -- have been mentioned as possible sites for an incinerator because there is extra land available, Mr. Helt said.
Mr. Joyner presented his incinerator proposal to the Howard County Council on Thursday.