Recent developments regarding Box Elder County solid waste disposal plans include:

- A committee, including four mayors; two other representatives from Weber County; mayors from Brigham City, Tremonton, Garland and another as-yet unspecified town; Box Elder County Commissioner James White; and County Surveyor Denton Beecher, will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 5 to discuss establishing a regional landfill in Box Elder County.- Box Elder County has arranged to borrow equipment owned by the federal government for use at the proposed transfer station south of Bear River city. The equipment, which includes several items needed at the site, was originally offered to a composting program that went bankrupt.

The county will borrow, not own, the equipment, until such time as it is declared surplus. The only cost to the county is $1,300 in storage fees to be paid before delivery.

- Craig Corbett, owner of Corbett Aeration, Fertilization and Yard Care, Tremonton, has received state approval for a composting operation near Tremonton.

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Corbett will compost yard wastes only. He estimates the facility is large enough to handle yard wastes from all over the county, although larger equipment will be needed as the operation grows.

Corbett pointed out that his operation will help the county by reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfills. It is possible that yard wastes could be picked up from the transfer station or private loads delivered directly to the composting site, thus reducing traffic to the transfer station.

Requests have already been received for both chips and compost, Corbett said. He also noted that the location of the facility minimizes noise and odor.

- The first three phases of the contract with Rust Environmental and Infrastructure to develop a plan for the proposed transfer station south of Bear River City have come in $9,000 under budget. A new contract estimates the cost of Rust's further construction plans will be $60,000.

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