Officials favor composting plant


The Carroll County Commissioners have ruled out building an incinerator to burn trash and instead are leaning toward a less controversial composting process.

Yesterday, they talked with officials from Frederick and Anne Arundel counties interested in the same composting process, and agreed to explore ways the counties could join to save money on composting plants.

"The real key is in our buying power," Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary said.

Carroll officials have been looking for ways to dispose of trash because landfill space is scarce.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell, a proponent of incineration, said yesterday it no longer is an option.

The other two commissioners are not in favor of it and no incineration companies submitted proposals this year when the county requested them, he said.

Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown said he was pleased that

officials at the Westminster meeting rejected incinerators. He has supported composting since before he was elected last year.

"It sounds like the cleanest option we have," said Commissioner Richard T. Yates.

Officials from the three counties are interested in a process developed by Bedminster Bioconversion Corp. of Cherry Hill, N.J. Bedminster speeds the natural composting process using kilns and produces a fertilizer used mainly by nurseries.

By bargaining together, each county might be able to save $3 million to $5 million, Mr. Gary said.

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