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Composting Yard Trimmings Municipal Wasteburnalt1

Composting Yard Trimmings Municipal Wasteburnalt1

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The type and amount of traffic into and out of a facil-
ity should be considered in the design process. Traffic at
a site is largely dependent on the volume of materials
that flows through the facility and the type of collection
system in place. For example, operations that compost
municipal yard trimmings will involve intensive use of

Note: Depending on site constraints such as property

lines, buildings and surface water, available
acreage for composting will Vary. Area loss

could be significant.

Source UConn CES, 1989.

Figure 5-4. Site setback distances.

the roads during periods of peak collections. MSW com
posting operation, on the other hand, will usually receive a

more consistent schedule of deliveries. Although an extensive
onsite road network usually is not necessary, there should be

permanent roads leading to the tipping and storage areas.
These access roads should be graveled or paved to handle

large vehicles during adverse weather conditions. This surfac-
ing is expensive, however, and the resulting run-on and run-
off must be managed to prevent erosion.

If drop-off collections will occur at the facility, the design
should accommodate a greater flow of automobile and
light truck traffic. A circular traffic flow can accommodate
rapid deliveries,effectively reducing congestion. A

Table 5-1.

Setback requirements for Wisconsin
composting facilities.

Navigable river or stream

300 feet

Airport runway

1,000 feet

Source: WDOE and EPA, 1991.


Facility Siting and Design

separate access road to the tipping area also can be con-
structed for these vehicles (Richard et al., 1990, Strom and
Finstein, 1989). Ideally the road used by the public to de-

liver materials or to pick up finished compost should be dif-

ferent from the heavy equipment access road. Roads should
also be designed to provide adequate turning and dumping

areas to accommodate delivery by all types of vehicles.

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