College Station Approves More Money For Disposing Sludge, Wood Waste

COLLEGE STATION, Texas Any city that has a program for treating wastewater has to deal with the end product, sludge.

And more sludge is being produced in College Station than the city expected for this year.

On Thursday night the City of College Station approved $175,000 more dollars to pay for disposal of sludge from its waste water treatment plant, and tree limb debris at the Twin Oaks Landfill near Anderson.

News 3 took a look at the why College Station is producing more waste.

The trucks keep coming to the Twin Oaks Landfill on Highway 30 from Bryan, College Station and beyond.

College Station city staff wants an additional $175,000 to pay for increasing amounts of sludge and wood waste for the past fiscal year being brought here.

"We're gonna be here conservatively for 6 to 7 decades or 60 years that's what some growth estimates for the area," said Bryan Griesbach, the Executive Director of the Twin Oaks Landfill.

The landfill is managed by the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency, or BVSWMA.

"The sludge at this facility does get mixed in with our working space area, so it does go in with the regular municipal solid waste and handled that way," he said

The amount of wood waste College Station is bringing into the landfill continues to grow.

For fiscal year 2013 the city brought in about 5,000 tons.

College Station Public Works Director Chuck Gilman says the wood waste hauls are up in part because of so many dead trees due to the drought and the windstorm this month.

The wastewater treatment plant is also producing more sludge in part due to growth.

It's a treated solid product that's not hazardous.

"Basically it's a moist dirt and then it's hauled to the landfill. And the landfill in turn uses that sludge along with our wood trimmings and wood shavings to create the compost material that you can buy out at the landfill," said Gilman.

This request will help pay off the outstanding bill the city has at the landfill.

The public can buy bulk mulch for just $8 a ton and compost for $28 per ton.

Bags of each sell for $2.

All are available at the Twin Oaks Landfill on Highway 30 near Anderson just east of the Brazos / Grimes County line.

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