The Block Island Times

Composting mulled for the transfer station

By Judy Tierney | Jun 02, 2013

At the Town Council’s work session Wednesday, Mike McGinnes, co-owner of Block Island Recycling Management (BIRM), announced that the transfer station is ready to accept composting. It will be shipped in a container to the state facility in Johnston.

Town Councilor Norris Pike responded that Block Island could use the compost, and Councilor Chris Warfel agreed, adding that BIRM could even charge for the compost.

McGinnes liked the idea. “If the Town wants to invest in it, we’d love to do it,” he said, explaining the transfer station would have to be rebuilt and the initial investment is too large for BIRM to undertake. First Warden Kim Gaffett asked him to research the idea and suggested consulting with Roger Williams University, which has an on-campus composting pilot program.

Current schedule works fine

BIRM has been tracking the number of customer visits to ascertain which days are best to be open, and McGinnes reported the most traffic on Sundays, with Saturdays having the next heaviest traffic. Asked whether he could close Saturdays, McGinnes said when they started opening on Saturdays, there was a big improvement. “There was no longer trash at the gate,” he said.

Pike told him he has no problem with the schedule, and thought since most contractors have dumpsters or roll offs, they don’t need to use the station more weekdays. He did have an issue with the station closing at 1:30 p.m. though, hours he described as even shorter than town hall’s.

The focus on the transfer station prompted Gaffett to ask about repairs needed there. Though still waiting for insurance money to come through, McGinnes pledged to start.

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