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What happens to the wood chips at the New Hanover County landfill?

Lydia Coutre
StarNews
Bulldozers compct trash at the New Hanover County Landfill in April 2014. StarNews file photo

Bulldozers compct trash at the New Hanover County Landfill in April 2014. StarNews file photo

Q. The New Hanover County Landfill now separates materials in construction debris. A few days ago I saw them grinding old lumber and pallets into large piles of chips. I asked what they do with the chips but no one working there wanted to answer. Can you find out what happens to the ground-up wood?

A. The same contractor who does the grinding hauls the wood chips off-site and they are used as biomass fuel.

“It’s a fancy way of saying they burn it to generate electricity,” said Joe Suleyman, director of environmental management for New Hanover County.

The contractor takes sells the chips to one of two places that burn them for electricity.

The benefit to the county is it means not putting that material in the landfill. That’s where the savings is, Suleyman said.

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