By Rachel Campbell
The Washington County Solid Waste management specialists have instituted a recycling program in which residents can recycle their yard trimmings. The trimmings are sorted and composted then sold to the public.
However, recent reports have indicated that the WCSW does not allow the trimmings to compost long enough before sale, resulting in extremely bad smelling compost.
Such was the case with one landscaper in St. George. After the builder he was working with insisted upon the compost, the landscaper bought the compost and spread it around the property. Shortly afterwards, neighbors began complaining about a terrible smell, “like dead, rotting bodies.” The landscaper was cited for Public Disturbance and confronted the WCSW about the problem. The WCSW refused to take responsibility for the compost that had not decomposed long enough and refused to refund the landscaper’s money, but they would, “accept the compost back as recyclable material if the landscaper would bring it to them.”