October 8, 2008

Landfill Generates More Income From Recycling and Composting Than Disposal

By Anonymous

Rhinelander, Wisconsin The Oneida County Sanitary Landfill, in Khinelander, generated more income last year from composting and recycling than from disposal, says Bart Sexton, the landfill's solid waste director. Sexton, who announced he would be leaving the position in December, took the job in 1993 and is credited with bringing about significant beneficial changes to the county's operations. "We sort, bale and sell recyclables," explains Sexton in the Rhinelander Daily News. "Paper sludge is allowed to break down for one and a half years, then mixed with other materials to make topsoil and yard compost." The paper sludge compost produces over 400,000 gallons of effluent, which is applied to hybrid poplars grown on an experimental 2.5-acre section of the landfill. "It's called phytoremediation," continues Sexton. "The nitrogen and phosphorus are taken up by the trees; it's fertilizer to them. We're looking at making another 20 acres available for this project in the future."

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