South Bend, Ind. The City of South Bend is looking for a few good trucks. The Board of Works Tuesday agreed to advertise for bids, to have some 100,000 cubic yards of yard waste hauled out of its Organic Resources Facility and into a landfill.
The big piles of grass clippings, tree limbs and the like have been a big problem. The biggest reason is residents used plastic bags to dispose of the material, and the city just cannot find a way to separate the pieces of plastic, from the bio-degradable material.
“Really needs to be treated as trash, because it just takes a significant amount of effort to screen it, and even when we do we still have all kinds of plastic in the finished material,” says Eric Horvath the Director of Public Works. “And so without being able to get that plastic out we don't have a good and usable product.”
The plastic polluted material has been piling up for about 20 years now. It's to the point where the pile is big enough to occupy the Notre Dame Football Field, and still stand 19 feet high. The situation has inspired a proposed ban on the use of plastic bags for yard waste.