Town to adopt new yard waste contractor

By Ryan Cornell

MIDDLETOWN — An addition to the public works department next week could end up saving the town money.

Public Works Superintendent Donald Riffey said he plans to install a 30-yard dumpster that would hold yard waste, including leaves and brush and grass clippings. Middletown-based D&M Container Service would be contracted to haul the yard waste from the dumpster to the Frederick County Landfill, located 15 miles away in eastern Winchester.

He said the contractor would operate on a pay-as-you-go basis, charging the town a $100 initiation fee and $150 for each haul.

“If we do it once and say it’s not working, we’re done,” he said. “They’ll come and get the dumpster and take it away.”

Riffey estimated that the dumpster would probably last for either two or three weeks between hauls, depending on the weight of the yard waste collected.

Right now, the town spends between six and seven hours each Monday collecting residents’ yard waste and hauling it to the landfill, he said.

“The extra trips to the landfill and with the gas is just outrageous,” he said. “…You figure the extra three or four hours every Monday of a man plus an extra 20 gallons of fuel, it’s not gonna take long to cover that $150.”

Mayor Charles Harbaugh said having the new system might even open up the possibility of extending yard waste collection to the winter months.

Yard waste collection would remain a free service for town residents through the new contractor.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com