Compost Pile Shutting Down

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

November 27, 2006

The compost heap has long been a problem for residents of the Woolen Mills community, but a decision by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority Monday will finally allow them to breathe a fresh sigh of relief. The board of directors approved a proposal to use a contract facility in Richmond to handle composting. The company, Environmental Solutions, already handles composting of bio-solids from waste water treatment plants. Administrators say they plan to complete the composting of the remaining piles and have set a target date of early spring to have all waste at the compost site removed.

"We have been talking to a number of citizens that are our neighbors and certainly many of them have been in the Woolen Mills area about issues related to odor from this facility and we've been working very closely to try to address those issues. I think a big step was taken today by finding a way to continue to compost but doing it at a better location," Tom Frederick of Rivanna Solid Waste said.

For those still interested in purchasing compost for landscaping purposes, the company in Richmond sells to the public. However, Frederick also said that if the demand were great enough here in Charlottesville, they would consider having it made available here in our area.

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