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Toledo City Council has approved a measure to get the
ball rolling for the city to begin its own composting operation.
Instead of paying a private company for leaf disposal and
then buying soil for use by a variety of departments, the administration's plan
is to have the city start doing its own composting.
Michael Kott with Clean Wood Recycling has pending
litigation against the city, saying the city breached a contract for leaf
"The city decided not to bring us leaves anymore because
they wanted to get into direct competition with the private sector and open their
own composting facilities," Kott said.
Putting that issue aside, Kott says he's reviewed the
proposal and believes the city is underestimating the start-up cost.
"They're not looking at the big picture," he said. "It's
going to cost a lot more money than what they're projecting it's going to cost
to get themselves up and running."
Specifically, he says the city is not factoring in the
cost of site preparation to meet EPA guidelines.
"An all-weather facility, meaning if it rains two inches
tonight you have to be able to get on that facility," he said. "If you look at
the City of Toledo sites they're planning to use as composting, all of them are
on dirt, they're going to be a mud mess."
The administration says a $936,000 investment over the
next three years will result in $1 million worth of savings in assessments for
Toledo property owners who pay for leaf collection. The main investment is for
a $347,000 leaf turner.