ASHLAND (FOX 42) – Andy Harpenau of Gretna Sanitation has revised his plans to expand the yard waste composite site near Ashland. He originally wanted to expand it to 20 acres from five, but after listening to people who live in the area he will only keep it at five acres. He has offered a one-year testing period during which time he hopes to start composting food waste as well.
Harpenau tells Fox 42 News there is a big market for composting food waste. This would help alleviate overflow at local landfills.
"More and more people want to live sustainable that includes business and homeowners," he said.
But, people who live in the area are worried about the smell and the effects on the environment. The people Fox 42 spoke with say this is a recreational area and they don't want the food waste to cause harm to their homes. Many who live in the area live near the lake and Platte River; there is also the Mahoney State Park, Quarry Oaks Golf Club, and the Nebraska's Wildlife Safari Park.
Gary Meugniot, who lives in the area, said, "They say it is done all over the place, yeah well I don't know if being in a recreational area is a smart place to try and test it."
Harpenau will go before the Cass County Zoning Board in July to see he is allowed to do the testing period.
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