December 13, 2019

Landfill options considered

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Dover-Foxcroft selectmen are considering the use of an inert product called “fines” and a separate byproduct of shredded tires on the town’s landfill during the closing process.

Bill Shook of Sawyer Environmental Inc. of Hampden asked town officials Monday if they would consider the use of “fines” generated from the company’s demolition debris process as a partial replacement for the daily cover on the landfill.

Shook said in response to a number of communities, Sawyer Environmental Inc. set up a demolition debris process at the Hampden facility. Various demolition items such as wood, recyclable materials and scrap metal are pre-sorted on site. The fines are mostly gravel, metal and glass that fall through during a screening process, he said.

If town officials approve its use, about one-fifth of what is used as daily cover at the landfill would be this material, according to Shook. The company generates about 30 yards of the material a day, he said.

While selectmen generally had few problems with the use of the fines, they weren’t as impressed with the offer involving the shredded rubber fabric and steel belts, which would be co-mingled with the front-end process residue.

Shook said the company would pay the town $4 a ton to dispose of the material. Town Manager Owen Pratt asked why the town would want to accept this material at $4 a ton when it was receiving $6 a ton for front-end process residue?

About 120 to 240 cubic yards of the rubber fabric would be used on the Dover-Foxcroft facility, Shook said, which would represent about two trailer-truck loads a week.

While the selectmen were told that the materials were fairly harmless with no odor, they did want further assurances on the price per ton of the rubber fabric and suggested that the materials be tested regularly for any chemicals, if accepted.

Shook said Sawyer Environmental would pay the costs involved with changing the town’s permit with the Department of Environmental Protection. Selectmen directed Shook to begin that process while they continued to research the matter. A decision is anticipated at the board’s first September meeting.

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