3rd attempt to visit compost plant planned


Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown rekindled interest in a visit to a Tennessee composting plant among members of the county's incinerator study committee yesterday.

Mr. Brown also reintroduced his argument that county residents would save money on trash collection if local commissioners would open the county to competitive bidding by refuse haulers. Currently, individuals buy the service from private haulers.

The 25-member citizens committee is to study and make recommendations to the commissioners on whether Carroll County should build a trash-burning incinerator.

The mayor touted the Bedminster Bioconversion Corp. plant in Sevier County, Tenn., as a cheap, clean, efficient way to dispose of most of the county's trash.

"Do we in Carroll County want the method that most effectively protects the environment? Or do we just want to say, 'Out of sight, out of mind?' " Mr. Brown asked.

This will be the committee's third attempt to visit the composting plant. The commissioners canceled a proposed trip in September, saying they didn't want to spend two days riding on buses and that air fare was too expensive. An effort to schedule a trip in December attracted only six participants.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell said yesterday that he would support having the county pick up the tab for a bus trip for committee members who do not represent incorporated towns.

Committee members, most of whom live outside incorporated towns, expressed interest in Westminster's savings on trash collection. The city, which jointly bid its collection with four other towns, pays $78 a year per household for residential pickup, Mr. Brown said.

County residents pay varying amounts, but he used one hauler's fee of $160 a year for comparison.

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