Council Receives Update on Grinder Pilot Program

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The lateral grinder at the City of Sheridan Landfill. (Photo by Ron Richter)
The lateral grinder at the City of Sheridan Landfill. (Photo by Ron Richter)

The City of Sheridan solid waste division began a pilot program last year for a piece of equipment known as a lateral grinder, that has been used to grind construction and demolition materials since last November at the City Landfill. The City Council held a work session Wednesday to hear how the grinder pilot program has been working out. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter was there and has the details.

City Solid Waste Superintendent Charles Martineau gave a presentation that showed the Council the advantages the lateral grinder allows by being able to grind construction and demolition materials. Martineau stated that it took a little trial and error to find the optimal use of the piece of equipment.

The grinder has also allowed the Landfill to lower the tipping fee for C&D materials from $102 a ton, to $45 a ton. Martineau says that there are a couple of things that need to be done before the grinder can become a permanent piece of equipment at the landfill.

Councilman Alex Lee suggested that Martineau give the presentation to the Council at an upcoming regularly scheduled meeting, so that they can begin the necessary steps to acquire the permits for the grinder.

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