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Montevideo American-News
  • City compost site has become a mountain

  • Montevideo’s compost site has reached critical levels. Located north of town on Benson road, the site has become a figurative mountain of branches.
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  • Montevideo’s compost site has reached critical levels. Located north of town on Benson road, the site has become a figurative mountain of branches.
     
    The site has been open to use by citizens of Montevideo, and non-residents and contractors by permit only to bring compost and branches. However, over the last few years it has been used beyond its intended purpose.
     
    “It has become a dump site for anyone in the region,” said Montevideo City Manager Steve Jones.
     
    Montevideo residents, and others from out of town, have been using the site as a dump for other materials which the city then has to take to the county landfill. City staff have reported finding dressers, desks, televisions and other electronics thrown out with the compost. In other cases, people have tried to hide dumping wood there by pulling branches over on top.
    The problem has become so concerning, that the Montevideo Police Department has had to put out cameras at the site from time to time, and write tickets.
     
    Due to the problem, the Montevideo City Council approved a list of rule changes for the site.
    Use is now restricted to only residents of Montevideo. No permits will be given out to anyone not from Montevideo.
     
    Only contractors from Montevideo will be given access or permits to the site. Access will
    See Compost page 10A

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