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Clay waste board studying plan to purchase incinerator

The Clay County Solid Waste Advisory Committee is looking at a plan to send garbage worries up in smoke. Preliminary discussions have begun about forming partnerships with surrounding cities and counties to purchase an incinerator. Committee memb...

The Clay County Solid Waste Advisory Committee is looking at a plan to send garbage worries up in smoke.

Preliminary discussions have begun about forming partnerships with surrounding cities and counties to purchase an incinerator.

Committee member Morris Kelsven of Moorhead said the county is gradually getting to the point where another landfill is needed.

It's expensive to create and maintain landfills, committee members say, which is why another option is being considered.

"Every time you form a new landfill, you get opposition from people around the landfill. It's always, 'Not in my backyard,' and I can understand that," Kelsven said.

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Committee member Nancy Otto of Moorhead said the group will receive more information about the cost and possible size of an incinerator at its May meeting.

The committee will then decide if it's still interested in the idea, she said.

If so, the committee would invite representatives from Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and Cass, Clay, Otter Tail and Becker counties to a meeting to discuss a partnership, Otto said.

"That's not saying it's not open to anybody else," she added, if the project goes through.

Committee member Joe Pederson of Hawley said the incinerator could extend the current landfill's life a considerable while longer.

Recyclable materials also could be pulled out rather than burned, he said.

Otto said some incinerators are used as an energy source for businesses, which also would be beneficial.

Fargo has also been looking into future landfill needs. A proposal to expand Fargo's landfill into West Fargo was rejected by West Fargo city commissioners earlier this month.

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Bruce Grubb, Fargo's Solid Waste Division enterprise director, could not be reached for comment Friday night about the incinerator proposal.

Forum reporter Dave Roepke contributed to this report Readers can reach Forum reporter Teri Finneman at (701) 241-5557

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