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Why no recycling plan in Davis? Layton man asks

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The lack of a conventional recycling program was one of the criticisms raised at Wasatch Energy Systems during a public hearing on its 1998-99 budget plan June 3.

The budget of the special service district, which handles solid waste for most of Davis County and all of Mor-gan County, is $17.5 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The district's administrative board approved the final budget plan at the meeting.The new budget includes $15.7 million in revenues and another $1.8 million from reserve funds. The district operates the Layton burn plant and a nearby landfill.

Layton resident Mark Graham asked district leaders why they don't fulfill their obligation to sponsor countywide recycling pro-grams.

"Recycling would extend the life of the landfill," Graham said.

He also believes cutting down on plastics and other items, like glass, would reduce maintenance of the burn plant.

"There's no buck in it," said Jerry Stevenson, the district chairman of Wasatch and also Layton mayor.

He said the county has tried recycling on a trial basis in the past and that it failed miserably.

"Curbside recycling would cost us a lot," Stevenson said.

For example, in Layton he believes it would cost each household an additional $2 to $3 per month.

"We'd have very few takers. There's not a demand for recycling in this area," he said.

Burn plant manager Jack Schmidt said Graham's strong belief in how fewer plastics and glass in the burn plant would save on maintenance costs are exaggerated from the facts.

Stevenson also said the burn plant uses a form of recycling - "thermal recycling."

It burns garbage and produces steam and electricity.

The district also has a metal salvage operation. It gathered 100 tons of scrap metal in May.

Graham said the district could also do much more with composting.

"We can look at it another year," Stevenson said, explaining it takes time to get a program going.