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City warns of yard waste risk

Bagged waste may spontaneously combust at landfill, says council


July 4, 2019

An issue has arisen in Moorcroft due to several residents arguing that the Public Works Department cannot tell them what can be put in their garbage receptacles, specifically referring to yard waste. The council, however, is concerned that yard waste could cause spontaneous fires at the landfill.

The problem came to the fore because a number of residents have been putting their lawn debris in the dumpsters for household waste and even packing the matter into plastic garbage bags to be picked up and hauled to the landfill.

At last week’s meeting of the town council, Councilman Dale Peters...

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