Supervisors consider refuse disposal options
by Larry Chowning
Middlesex County supervisors may consider a change in regulations on brush disposal at the trash convenience center at Stormont even though it could cost the county more in tipping fees.
At the board’s November meeting, Saluda District supervisor Pete Mansfield complained that truck-load requirements for brush at a “level pickup load” for homeowners should be changed to a “full pickup load.” He also complained that limbs over 4 feet in length are turned away at the convenience center.
Assistant county administrator Marcia Jones provided a written report at the December 3 board meeting. She wrote that the 4-foot requirement could not be changed because the compactors used to load the brush will not handle anything over 4 feet.
However, Jones wrote that the load requirement could be changed to allow brush to be piled up to make a full pickup load. She made it clear though that this could only be for “household refuse” and not for contractor disposal.
Jones said she met with Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority (VPPSA) representative David Magnant and was told that even though the Stormont facility is called a transfer station, it is actually only a convenience center, which means it is for household refuse only.
Magnant said VPPSA is willing to change the rules to whatever supervisors can agree upon. However, he noted that Essex County recently made some rule changes to allow larger loads and, as a result, it is having to pay for larger volumes of hauled waste.
Supervisors did not bring the matter up for discussion at their December meeting. However, Jones said she feels the board will “likely” increase the load requirement to offer more convenience to county citizens.