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City hires contractor to burn storm debris

By Randy Bell

City hires contractor to burn storm debris

In the aftermath of the June storms in Clinton, City workers spent weeks picking up debris, which only added to the pile of limbs that’s been accumulating at Public Works’ headquarters for a couple of years. Instead of hauling the limbs to a landfill, a contractor has been hired to burn the wood onsite in an environmentally-friendly way.

The Board of Aldermen on January 17 approved a $26,110 contract with Renewable Wood Solutions to dispose of the limbs and remove the ash at a rate of $7 per cubic yard.

“It’s basically a metal bin that burns so hot that it gives off minimal smoke,” Public Works Director Phillip Lilley told the Board. Lilley said the process will save the City money, compared to paying landfill fees. If it attempted to burn the limbs in the open, Clinton could incur a significant fine from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

Lilley said this is the first time the City has used Renewable Wood Solutions to dispose of storm debris. He said the contractor may be asked to come back when limbs start piling up again.

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